Today marks the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China. If this AP report is anything to go by though, not everyone has found reason for celebration as minor scuffles between democracy protestors and the police have erupted. Also from the report:
Since British rulers left on July 1, 1997, China has tried to encourage people here to have a deeper feeling for the motherland and consider themselves Chinese citizens – not ‘Hong Kongers’ or distinct from their mainland compatriots. To hammer home this point again, a fireworks show on Sunday night was expected to spell out ‘Chinese people’ in red pyrotechnics over the city’s famous harbor. But much more work needs to be done on the patriotic front, according to recent polls. A survey by the University of Hong Kong showed that 55 per cent of the respondents identified themselves as ‘Hong Kong citizens’ or ‘Chinese Hong Kong citizens.’
Whatever the case may be, naysayers at the time of Hong Kong’s return (including Time and Fortune which predicted the demise of Hong Kong) have all been proven wrong. Led by the buoyant mainland economy, Hong Kong continues to boom and thrive today.
Image from Steve Webel.
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