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