Latest Hong Kong protests put focus on cultural tensions with China

HONG KONG — Fresh crowds of protesters have filled Hong Kong’s streets in recent days, but if you think this latest uproar is about democracy, free elections and yellow umbrellas, think again.


The main problem is the sheer number of people involved. Last year, more than 47 million mainland Chinese, many on day trips, came to Hong Kong, which has a population of just 7.2 million. They made up nearly 78 percent of the total number of tourists Hong Kong saw last year…

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