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Hong Kong is now counted as part of China and has been excluded from a US think tank’s economic freedom index.
In the 27th edition of the Index of Economic Freedom, Hong Kong is no longer listed separately despite topping the chart for 25 consecutive years.
“No doubt both Hong Kong and Macau, as Special Administrative Regions, enjoy economic policies that in many respects offer their citizens more economic freedom than is available to the average citizen of China, but developments in recent years have demonstrated unambiguously that those policies are ultimately controlled from Beijing,” the report read. The Index’s website had also removed Hong Kong’s standalone page, and no results were shown when “Hong Kong” was typed in the search bar.