The 1C2S plan was designed to give China a definitive date of recovering HK with a transition period built-in. The error here is that we all thought 1997 was that date, when it was really 2047. Martin Jacques once remarked that he was astonished to see no difference in HK between June 30th 1997 and July 1st 1997. We know that Beijing left in place all of HK's legal and political infrastructures, with the only difference being the PLA garrison. In everything but name, the recovery of HK has not yet happened. In that light, I believe what we are seeing right now is foreign forces attempting to trash HK before that recovery can happen.