Elizabeth Flux denies that her essay is a eulogy for Hong Kong, but it is.
[I]n 1997 Hong Kong was handed back to China as agreed. From there the clock startedâ€”a 50-year countdown. Hong Kong would be a part of China but remain independent, with its own government and laws and economy. â€˜One Country, Two Systemsâ€™.
Except thatâ€™s not what is happening. What will happen after 2047 has never been clear, but in the interim Hong Kong is supposed to retain control and autonomy. Instead things have gone from a gentle background hum of uncertainty and unease, to a low dread, then to a sudden and accelerated horror that feels difficult to believe.