The American perception of China has gone through an intriguing transition over the last century. Once, compassion was dominant. Today, increasing hostility is prominent with rumbles of a serious trade war in the air.
Reporting by the UK media on Hong Kong’s political developments has been shaped by a “good guys–bad guys” meta-narrative. This phenomenon stems from frustration with the pace of political reform; the exceptional rise of China; deep-seated reform impulses arising from within Western liberalism; and the special history of British Hong Kong.