Liberalism and autocracy

Has liberalism outlived its purpose, as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin claims, and can the freedoms of Hong Kong survive if China under Xi Jinping tightens its grip? Here’s the best of this week’s comment and analysis.

It is a work in progress, not a utopian project

It is not hard to imagine the Chinese regime losing patience with the chaos in Hong Kong

An instrument of thuggery such as the extradition bill could only exist in a vacuum of democratic accountability

Russian president dubs liberalism ‘obsolete’ and defends Moscow’s role in Syria

Mainstream US and EU politicians must work harder to defend values and address discontent

Protesters, city authorities and Beijing must strive to preserve calm

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