The fascinating and complicated history of Hong Kong
Hong Kong marks 25 years since the former British colony returned to Beijing's rule
Hong Kong is celebrating 25 years since the former British colony returned to Beijing's rule. The handover in 1997 was made with the understanding that Hong Kong would maintain its existing partially democratic political and economic systems separate from that of mainland China under the principle of "one country, two systems." But in the quarter-century since that historic event, China has slowly chipped away at the very foundations of Hong Kong's democracy and cracked down heavily on those who protest at what they see as the dismissal of the freedoms Beijing guaranteed to respect after the handover.
Click through for a brief timeline of events leading up to and beyond July 1, 1997, when Hong Kong was handed back to China.
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