Beijing just got a lot closer. The National People's Congress approved a law that criminalizes "subversion" or an "act of secession" in Hong Kong, whose semi-autonomous government had no say. The widely condemned move triggered Washington to halt high-tech trade with Hong Kong. Joshua Wong, a leader in pro-democracy protests that have roiled the city since last summer, said on Facebook that he was quitting his political party. But he planned to continue the struggle personally — "until they silence and wipe me out."
OZY's Butterfly Effect sees China emboldened by U.S. weakness.