Carrie Lam attempts to take responsibility for the situation in Hong Kong. She claims she would step down as Chief Executive "if she could". But why can't she? Certainly the people in Hong Kong are not standing in her way. Or is it that #Beijing has no credible alternative to put in her place? One interesting item in her comments: she deftly raised the matter to one of national "security and sovereignty", putting the burden for finding a solution on Beijing. Beijing had previously rejected her compromise proposals. Whether accepting her proposals now would suffice is problematic. Still, Lam's "inability" to step down puts even more pressure on Beijing to find a peaceful resolution. Ironic that Carrie Lam, whose extradition bill started these #protests, may now be #China's best hope for a peaceful outcome. https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKCN1VN1DU #news #HongKong
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