East Asia Beat

A pro-democracy demonstrator wearing mask and goggles to protect against pepper spray and tear gas during a rally near the Hong Kong government headquarters, Sept. 28, 2014.

Chinese Leader Xi Caught in a Bind Over Unprecedented Hong Kong Protests

Xi Jinping's options to defuse the crisis come with high political and economic costs.

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By Parameswaran Ponnudurai

Param is RFA’s English News Director. He was previously a journalist with Agence France-Presse (AFP) for 20 years, serving in various capacities in Asia and Washington DC.