Snowden’s departure from Hong Kong spares China a headache

FewsmithLos Angeles Times
Joseph Fewsmith, College of Arts & Sciences

By allowing, or perhaps pushing, Edward Snowden to leave Hong Kong, Chinese officials managed to show they would not kowtow to U.S. demands while still bringing a hasty end to an incident that threatened to strain ties with Washington for months or even years…

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“I’m afraid that the Snowden affair will have a significant effect on Sino-U.S. relations. We have just had a summit meeting intended to air issues and build trust; this affair is likely to destroy whatever trust was built up. People talk a lot about ‘strategic mistrust’ these days; I think it has just been increased.”

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