I think the single most important country for China is RussiaVery true, but once again, I think the core issue here is that you are placing Hong Kong on an incorrect level in the hierarchy of things. You are thinking, if the US can defect these young guys even in a part of Chinese territory, China has no chance in the rest of the world. When in actuality, Hong Kong has a terrible illness that made it more susceptible to this than many other parts of the world. In most countries except America's staunch allies, China's popularity is rising. Africans regard China as a worthy new global leader and over the slavery and exploitation brought on by Americans and Europeans. Malaysians are strongly pro-China. Iran, but that's more about the US screwing itself than what China has to do. Germans are saying that the Chinese are more reliable business partners than Americans. Ever-since Trump took office, the effect has been much more pronounced than even what China had expected regarding the global trend of the US losing out and China gaining in the hearts of global citizens.