Residents were given no say in whether Hong Kong should be returned to China in 1997.
“It’ll be interesting to see how well that’s received or how well he’s protected from a dialogue with people in Hong Kong“, Patten told reporters in London.
Many wondered in 1997 how the reunion of a freewheeling, liberal city with its tightly-controlled mainland would pan out, particularly a few years after the Tiananmen Massacre which saw the brutal crushing of pro-democracy protests.
“In the next 20 years, things are going to change. we have the bridge between Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai, we have the high-speed rail”. “We can’t afford to do it all over again”.
“People are not celebrating but worrying about Hong Kong’s future and its current situation”, said Nathan Law, who at age 23 was elected the city’s youngest-ever lawmaker past year and was a student leader of 2014’s massive “Umbrella Movement” pro-democracy demonstrations.
“Hong Kong people have lost hope“. The stock of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited (ADR) (NYSE:CHU) earned “Neutral” rating by Nomura on Wednesday, November 30. However, they have each followed a completely different path in governing huge and cumbersome entities – the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Universal Church.
During Xi’s first visit to Hong Kong as China’s president, he will oversee the swearing in of new Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam.
Analysts agree that the move strengthens Beijing’s hand in Hong Kong on two fronts.
Wong led mass Umbrella Movement rallies calling for fully free leadership elections in 2014, but they failed to win concessions. “China has granted rights to Hong Kong like a big box of gifts”, raps a fast-talking male voice in the first verse, “including administrative power, legislative power, independent jurisdiction, and the right of final adjudication”.
Authorities have tried to snuff that out.
In October, the PLA held an exercise in Hong Kong’s New Territories simulating retaking parts of the region from an armed occupying force. According to an opinion poll conducted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong previous year, two in five Hong Kongers want to live overseas – up from one in five in 2014 – although only 10% of those who said they wanted to leave had put such a plan into action.
Xi’s visit this week comes at a time when fears are growing that Beijing is tightening its grip on semi-autonomous Hong Kong.
“Hong Kong was the golden goose in China”, said politician Martin Lee.
Still, some say such faith may be misplaced and point out that the British did nothing to promote democracy until the dying days of more than 150 years of colonial rule.
The pro-democracy movement has lost considerable steam following the crackdown on activists, as well as infighting between various democratic groups.
Xi will leave the city on Saturday after swearing in Lam and attending a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 20 years since China assumed sovereignty over Hong Kong.
U.S. Republican Senator Marco Rubio is pushing a “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act”, a bipartisan bill to punish Chinese officials who suppress basic freedoms in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong recalled that in 1997 one worry was of “mainlandisation” where Hong Kong’s values would be eroded, turning it into “just another Chinese city”. He also traveled to Japan for a lobbying trip this month.
In a statement, Law said Friday that Demosisto would use the anniversary of handover to “expose the facade of the celebrations for a peaceful China and the happy return of Hong Kong to the “motherland”.
The great vitality of one country, two systems has been demonstrated, Xi added.
Thousands of protestors are expected to take to the streets on 1 July for an annual pro-democracy rally that has been held nearly ever year since 1997.
2010-2012: The Hong Kong government attempts to introduce a controversial national education curriculum.
“But if I were to die today, Hong Kong would be fine with young leaders like that”.