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Is Hong Kong turning communist? That may be a strange, even silly, question to ask, given that Hong Kong, while a part of China, is an open and boisterous society. Yet many of the city’s residents are agonizing over precisely that question.

The British returned Hong Kong to China 15 years ago under an innovative “one country, two systems” formula that allows the metropolis to retain its freedoms, values and way of life. By and large, the formula has worked, but Hong Kong people are wondering if several recent trends and occurrences signify a pattern whereby their home is gradually becoming more like the mainland.

There is a growing sense that the police are becoming more heavy-handed during demonstrations, as during a visit by President Hu Jintao a month ago, when protesters were controlled with pepper spray and a journalist was detained for asking a question about the 1989 Tiananmen…

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