At the risk of sounding like I’m copping out, I’m going to say it was a mixture of both.

I don’t think Beijing had any intentions of waiting out the full term of the 50 year Hong Kong agreement. The combination of a weakening Western presence on the global stage plus the very public out of control protests pushed them to move sooner than they wanted to but I don’t think these plans were too far off in the future either way.

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