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THE BOTTOM LINE

2019: The year China's HK chickens come home to roost

ZHOU Enlai, premier of the People's Republic of China from 1949 until his death in 1976, used to say: "We Chinese mean what we say." China's word was its bond.

This year, the People's Republic of China turned 70. But now, few officials would be able to say with a straight face that China...