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What Taiwan can learn from the fall of Hong Kong, according to Dennis Kwok, scholar in exile at Northeastern

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11/29/22 - BOSTON, MA - Northeastern Professor Mai'a Cross holds a conversation with Dennis Kwok, a scholar-in-exile, visiting lecturer and Barrister-at-Law and the founding member of Hong Kong's Civic Party, on the rise of China, the fall of Hong Kong, and the implications for the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 in Renaissance Park.

When Dennis Kwok, a former member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council and scholar in exile at Northeastern, started his political career in 2006, he believed that “one country, two systems,” a constitutional formula of Hong Kong’s relationship with China, would work.

A decade later, completely disillusioned, he began traveling in his capacity as a lawmaker to places like Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Berlin and Brussels to draw attention to China’s encroachment on Hong Kong’s autonomy.

“I told people who we engaged with that you should care about Hong Kong, not for some purely altruistic reason, but because after the fall of Hong Kong your next issue that will land on your desk is Taiwan,” Kwok says. “And that is true right now.”

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