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China Official Leaves Hong Kong With Assurances of Autonomy

China’s senior official in charge of Hong Kong affairs has ended his three-day visit to the former British colony with carefully timed assurances that Beijing will not seek to “mainlandize” the semi-autonomous territory or violate the one-country, two-systems formula that underpins the city’s unique freedoms not found elsewhere in the country. That formula is the basis on which Hong Kong enjoys a capitalist economy and a legal system that operates according to the common law, at least...

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