A look into China's People's Liberation Army base in Hong Kong

Lucy Hill
July 2, 2017

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters flooded downtown Hong Kong on Saturday for a demonstration to mark the 20th anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to mainland China.

"Any attempt to endanger China's sovereignty and security, challenge the power of the central government. or use Hong Kong to carry out infiltration and sabotage activities against the mainland is an act that crosses a red line and is absolutely impermissible", Xi said as he ended his trip.

Ms Lam was sworn in as Hong Kong's new leader on the city's 20th anniversary of its handover from British to Chinese rule in a ceremony presided over by Mr Xi.

But what could lead to more conflict in Hong Kong in the days to come is Beijing's implacable attitude towards the more radical pro-democracy advocates, particularly those calling for independence.

Shortly before Xi greeted his soldiers, several of the most prominent faces of the city's pro-democracy movement left the police station where they had been held on Wednesday.

"First give us our democracy second believe in the Hong Kong people and thirdly stop destroying 'one country, two systems, '" she said.

"The central government will continue to support Hong Kong in growing its economy and in leveraging its strengths and role in advancing his pet multi-billion Belt and Road Initiative, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Reminbi internationalisation and other strategies", Xi said.

Observers said Xi's line was tougher than that of two predecessors despite his moderate presentation, while pan-democrats remained sceptical that Beijing could accept regular dialogue with democratic dissenters.

Hong Kong has been racked by demands for full democracy and, more recently, by calls by some pockets of protesters for independence, a subject that is anathema to Beijing.

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"Twenty years ago today, Hong Kong returned to the motherland's embrace, washing away the Chinese nation's hundred years of shame", Xi said.

Among those said by the group to have been arrested was Joshua Wong, the leader of the so-called umbrella protest movement.

Earlier, Xi swore in Carrie Lam as Hong Kong's first female Chief Executive.

Every day, a ritual raising and lowering of the PRC flag takes place nearby, and the statue is slated to figure in Saturday's special ceremonies over which Chinese President Xi Jinping will officiate.

"Merely focusing on economic development will eventually turn Hong Kong into just another Chinese city that lacks the characteristics of two systems", Wu said.

Hu Zhanghong, chairman and chief executive officer of CCB International (Holdings) Ltd, said that Hong Kong's status as an international financial center has been further strengthened after the handover, especially over the last decade. "All we're asking for is what was promised: to have a high degree of autonomy and govern ourselves, but the Chinese government only wants to control Hong Kong".

Minor scuffles broke out under a blue sky as pro-democracy activists, some with banners bearing the words "Democracy". We have fought to preserve our core values, including the rule of law, transparency, a free flow of information and free markets - the values that have always been a beacon for China and beyond.

The CBC's Elaine Chau, age 6, and her brother Edmond, in the front yard of their Montreal house in 1992, the year the family moved to Canada from Hong Kong. The news that Nobel prize victor and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo is terminally ill and has only recently been granted medical parole has been another source of discontent.

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