'Change Through Trade Has Failed' China Pressures Foreign Companies to Fall In Line on Protests

To help end the protests in Hong Kong, the Chinese government is pressuring foreign companies doing business in the country to toe the official position. Any firm that doesn't can expect punishment -- and even ostensibly progressive German conglomerates are playing along. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
A Porsche sports car is loaded into a container in the German port city of Bremerhaven.

A Porsche sports car is loaded into a container in the German port city of Bremerhaven.

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Students attend a rally to call for political reforms outside City Hall in Hong Kong on Aug. 22: "A certain amount of pessimism" has spread among residents, says a leading expert on China in Germany.

Students attend a rally to call for political reforms outside City Hall in Hong Kong on Aug. 22: "A certain amount of pessimism" has spread among residents, says a leading expert on China in Germany.

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