No authoritarian regime prospers its own people, unless it is absurdly rich to start with, like the Arabs.
Authoritarian regimes and people’s prosperity are contradictions in terms.
Hong Kong may prosper in the short term with money coming in if the ccp let go of its grip, but in the long term it will be even worse. The ccp will get even stronger this time. No one could stop it next time.
Elmer is losing it or worse, that is actually what he thinks.