Hong Kong's 20th marked on 2 coasts

02 July, 2017, 01:29 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • AP PHOTOS: UK symbols fade, China's rise in new Hong Kong

The 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration laying out terms for Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule is "no longer relevant today, and has no binding force on the Chinese central government's governance over Hong Kong", Lu said. During Xi's visit, he swore in Hong Kong's new pro-Beijing leader.

"I am confident about the future of Hong Kong because successive generations of Chinese leaders want Hong Kong to succeed and our people continue to have this can-do spirit to get things done, because the rule of law is rock-solid and our judiciary is fiercely independent", he said.

The "one country, two systems" principle has maintained Hong Kong's prosperity and stability over the last 20 years, said Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Hong Kong's new chief executive, in an interview with Xinhua on Saturday.

The night before the march, members of the Hong Kong National Party gathered at the Baptist University campus, chanting "No Chinese colonization" and "Hong Kong independence", as well as "We are not Chinese, we are Hongkongers".

Yu, however, said Hong Kong Chinese home ownership in the city helped make Vancouver more progressive.

He took part in a series of lavish events, including a flag-raising ceremony, amid tight police security.

Visiting President Xi Jinping warned that Hong Kong should give up any bid to "challenge the central government", however, and crack down on moves towards "Hong Kong independence".

"We are willing, together with different sectors of Hong Kong society, to look back on Hong Kong's unusual course in the past 20 years", he told the crowds.

Xi was seen off at Hong Kong's airport by the city's new leader, Carrie Lam, whose inauguration he presided over hours earlier, and other senior officials.

They're people like Weiqi Zhu, a derivatives trader at UBS in Hong Kong.

AP PHOTOS: UK symbols fade, China's rise in new Hong Kong

The U.S. State Department also said Thursday that the USA "remains concerned about any infringement of civil liberties in Hong Kong", and expressed support for the "further development of Hong Kong's democratic systems".

Xi is presently in Hong Kong it is his first visit to the city since he took power in Beijing in 2013, and comes amid fears by some Hong Kongers of increasing Chinese encroachment on the city's autonomy-guaranteed under a framework known as "one country, two systems".

Wong was among 26 activists arrested for "public nuisance" over an anti-China protest Wednesday and released Friday morning. During the protest, several pro-democracy activists were roughed up by police and some were even detained and bundled into police vans.

He said Xi used nationalist pride "to alienate any opposition voices that call for democracy and universal suffrage both inside China and in Hong Kong".

"Making everything political or deliberately creating differences and provoking confrontation will not resolve problems", the President said, adding "On the contrary, it can only severely hinder Hong Kong's economic and social development".

The confrontation, and police response, exposes the tensions in the city between those who seek greater freedom and those loyal to leadership on the mainland.

China's apparent willingness to renege on its obligations to Hong Kong was discussed by Chris Patten, Hong Kong's final British governor, when he spoke to TIME last month.

And only in Hong Kong bookstores can one find writings by and in praise of taboo figures like the Dalai Lama and Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Nobel laureate.

Calls for the city to break away from China grew out of the failure of the mass pro-democracy rallies in 2014 to win political reform.

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