Hong Kong handover 20th anniversary - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Hong Kong handover 20th anniversary


'Schoolmaster' Xi leaves Hong Kong smarting

Jul 02, 2017 - 1:58 PM

By putting national security and education front and center Xi is pushing Hong Kong s new Beijing friendly leader Carrie Lam to revisit two potentially explosive catalysts for social and political unrest

Hong Kong's new Chief Executive Carrie Lam (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping (R) after being sworn in as the territory's new leader at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong on July 1, 2017. Anthony Wallace/AFP

China's President Xi visits divided Hong Kong

Jun 29, 2017 - 6:56 AM

5th UPDATE Xi Jinping s 3 day visit is his first since becoming leader in 2013 and comes 3 years after huge pro democracy protests crippled the semi autonomous city for months

WELCOME TO HONG KONG. China's President Xi Jinping (C) and his wife Peng Liyuan (front R) are greeted by Hong Kong's outgoing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (L) and well-wishers upon their arrival at Hong Kong's international airport on June 29, 2017. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Stories of Hong Kong: Hopes and fears on landmark anniversary

Jun 28, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Three residents talk about their hopes dreams and fears as the anniversary of the July 1 1997 handover approaches

HONG KONGERS ALL. (L-R) 20 year old student Chau Ho-oi, Financier Cedric Ko, and Chinese medicine shop owner Tan Kin Hua, 72, each hold a board upon which they wrote a word or Chinese characters to sum up their Hong Kong, or their hopes for the city over the next 20 years. Chau Ho-oi wrote 'To hold onto', Cedric Ko wrote 'Dynamic' and Tan Kin Hua wrote 'Prosperity'. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong in Beijing's shadow 20 years after handover

Jun 27, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong handover comes at a time when many fear the semi autonomous city s freedoms are being lost to an ever more assertive Beijing

In this photo taken on April 27, 2017, a poster commemorating the 20th anniversary since the city was handed back to China by colonial ruler Britain is displayed near the hoisted flags of Hong Kong (3rd R) and China (2nd R) on a waterfront promenade in Hong Kong. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Better times? Hong Kong's British nostalgia trip

Jun 27, 2017 - 11:59 AM

Almost 20 years since the city was handed back to China under a deal that made it semi autonomous colonial emblems have become a symbol of protest

COLONIAL REMNANT. In this picture taken on May 18, 2017, royal British insignia is seen on a Hong Kong Post mail box in Hong Kong. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong activists stage China protest ahead of Xi visit

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:18 AM

High profile student campaigner Joshua Wong and a dozen demonstrators attach the black cloth to the giant golden bauhinia flower on Hong Kong s harborfront in an early morning protest

BLACK COVER. Demosisto party members and democracy campaigner Joshua Wong (not seen) take part in a protest to cover the Golden Bauhinia statue with a black cloth in Hong Kong on June 26, 2017, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China on July 1.Anthony Wallace/AFP

China's Xi to attend Hong Kong handover anniversary

Jun 25, 2017 - 12:21 PM

It will be Xi s first visit to Hong Kong since the head of the Communist Party became president in 2013

TWO DECADES. In this photo taken on April 27, 2017, the hoisted flags of Hong Kong (C) and China are seen with a banner commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong handover, in front of the government headquarters in Hong Kong. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Police arrest 9 more democracy activists in Hong Kong

Apr 27, 2017 - 12:13 PM

UPDATED The spate of arrests come ahead of an expected visit by China s President Xi Jinping to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city by Britain back to China in 1997 on July 1

PROTEST SIGN. In this file photo, a Hong Kong flag in which petals of the city's emblem, the bauhinia flower, have been replaced by yellow umbrellas is displayed at the main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on October 23, 2014. Philippe Lopez/AFP