Finweek English Edition - - INSIGHT: INTERNATIONAL -

In re­cent weeks, Euro­peans and Amer­i­cans have noted with hor­ror how the Chi­nese are poi­son­ing them­selves. Don’t the im­ages from Bei­jing re­in­force the im­pres­sion that China’s lead­ers have made for years at in­ter­na­tional cli­mate ne­go­ti­a­tions? An au­thor­i­tar­ian coun­try that walks over corpses for the sake of growth and which ar­ro­gantly ig­nores the warn­ings coming from the West, where emis­sions have been de­clin­ing for years?

The con­tra­dic­tion be­neath this per­cep­tion is ob­vi­ous in Hong Kong, the out­post of the First World in China. The self­con­fi­dent ci­ti­zens of the former Bri­tish crown colony have fought with their proBei­jing lead­er­ship for years over air qual­ity.

Kwong Sum-yin, 29, is sit­ting in the of­fices of the en­vi­ron­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion

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