How Hong Kong stood up to Xi Jinping
The protesters’ gains have been a stunning setback for China's powerful leader
Beijing/Hong Kong — For Communist Party officials, it was an embarrassing rebuke: as many as 2-million residents of a major Chinese city marching to demand the resignation of its Beijing-appointed leader. And because it was happening in Hong Kong they could do nothing about it.
Worse still the protest — broadcast globally — was being widely viewed as a celebration of the biggest climbdown in the political career of their boss, President Xi Jinping.