What’s Behind Britain’s Deafening Silence on Hong Kong’s Autonomy?

Pro-independence activists during a march in Hong Kong on the 20th anniversary of the territory’s handover from Britain to China, July 1, 2017 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).
Pro-independence activists during a march in Hong Kong on the 20th anniversary of the territory’s handover from Britain to China, July 1, 2017 (AP photo by Ng Han Guan).

Earlier this summer, on July 1, Hong Kong commemorated 20 years since the transfer of its sovereignty from Britain to China. The anniversary reignited the debate over the constitutional principle of “one country, two systems,” which was agreed to by the British and Chinese governments as part of the handover and is meant to guarantee Hong Kong’s autonomy from Beijing until 2047. Most coverage last month understandably focused on Hong Kong and China, especially since pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong, galvanized by mass protests there three years ago, have continued to criticize China’s interference in the territory’s affairs. But while […]

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