A quarter of a century after the crackdown on student protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, two of the most impassioned protests marking its anniversary are taking place in Hong Kong and Taiwan, undercutting the hopes of China’s leaders that the two places would draw closer to the country.

“Economically, Taiwan and Hong Kong are developing closer ties with China, but in the realm of civil society, Taiwan and Hong Kong are moving away,” said Johnny Lau, who covered Tiananmen Square for a pro-Beijing newspaper and is now a political commentator in Hong Kong.

In both places, the protests are being led by students who hadn’t been born or were in diapers in 1989, when China’s army killed an unknown number of protesters in Tiananmen Square. While the roots of the protests are different, both groups resent China’s growing influence over their economies and societies.

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