China's recent National People's Congress provided hints of the party's views on Hong Kong, Taiwan, and 'one country, two systems.'
Xi Jinping's proposal came across as farcical in a city where democratic traditions have evaporated.
2018 was a great year in Hong Kong for Xi Jinping and Beijing loyalists. For everyone else, not so much.
That Chu was barred from such a minor election only amplifies Beijing's profound influence in Hong Kong.
Beijing has blasted the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club for allowing activist Andy Chan to speak but its advocates' reasoning casts a more worrying chill.
'Constructive criticism of Chinese Communist Party leadership will always be allowed,' claimed one pro-Beijing politician, but recent developments have debunked that statement.
Benny Tai's comments on the future possibility of self-determination for people and places in Greater China was nothing new but Beijing's reaction frames new limits on freedom of speech in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong's democracy movement is pondering its next move as voters lose hope at the ballot box.
The latest twist in Hong Kong's electoral woes opens a debate on the difference between self-determination and independence.