Does Hong Kong’s Bar Association need to ditch chairman Paul Harris to reset ties with Beijing? Or is the job a poisoned chalice?

A day after Beijing’s liaison office in Hong Kong vilified Bar Association chairman Paul Harris as an “anti-China politician”, the phones of members who run the city’s professional body for barristers began buzzing almost non-stop. Monday was “utter chaos”, a Bar Council source said. Council members, who form the decision-making committee of the association, found themselves battling fresh fears of another wave of Beijing’s wrath after the central government accused their British chairman of…

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