AnalysisRegional DirectoryAsia PacificFrom the Desk of George Friedman George Friedman’s Thoughts: China and a Global Economic Contraction The protests in Hong Kong must be understood in the context of a global economic slowdown. By George Friedman - August 15, 2019 7789 The protests in Hong Kong must be understood in the context of a global economic slowdown. This article is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Please login to continue reading Login Subscribe to Geopolitical Futures today and get: Unbiased analysis of global events Daily geopolitical briefing Annual and long-term forecasts to help you prepare for your future Subscription Options Join our free newsletter Join Now Learn more about geopolitics and receive free articles.