Same words, new definitions: Universal suffrage, autonomy, free speech – and now judicial independence?

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Hong Kong Free Press

Everyone knows about politicians who promise the moon and political hopefuls with policy agendas that never materialise. But such lapses can have much greater consequences if they come from government leaders who are speaking from one political tradition, and whose listeners are thinking in terms of another. Over time, the disconnect can grow if the two sides in such a mismatched exchange proceed each according to their own traditions, especially when those two traditions are Western-style democracy and Communist Party dictatorship. Eventually, the result is either a collision or an implosion …

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