Hong Kong
Hong Kong's 2014 'Umbrella Movement' protests (Image: Studio Incendo)

Was it "too little, too late"? Hong Kong's city's chief executive Carrie Lam has withdrawn the controversial extradition bill which provoked three months of street protest. But the drama is far from over. 

The move by the embattled Lam has clearly been backed by Beijing and seen by observers as a concerted effort to cut the head off the protests. Bill Bishop, in his closely followed Sinocism newsletter, described it as “some sort of 离间计 [deviation]" strategem.

It follows last week’s round-up of leading democracy advocates -- including Demosisto secretary-general Joshua Wong, and protest figureheads Andy Chan and Agnes Chow.