May 16, 1997 |
This colony's future government pushed ahead with new laws restricting a few of the territory's freedoms Thursday, though it softened the most controversial clauses in a bow to local and international opposition.
June 1, 1996 |
Tsang Kin-shing left China during the Cultural Revolution 30 years ago, a time when people went to prison for just whispering against the government. So it takes courage for him to stand up now and shout protests against that same government, which will assume control of Hong Kong next year. "They may arrest me after 1997. I'm expecting them to come get me," he says, then takes a long drag on his cigarette.
December 14, 1996 |
Shipping magnate Tung Chee-hwa, named this week as the man who will lead Hong Kong after Britain hands it back to China, won't start the job until the British governor sails away on June 30. But Tung is not waiting quietly in the wings. His first act as leader-in-waiting was to go to China the day after his appointment to prepare the formation of a shadow legislature that will operate even before the hand-over.
March 29, 1996 |
As voters in Taiwan were celebrating their first fully democratic presidential election, residents here watched their own hopes for full democracy move a step backward. On Sunday, the Preparatory Committee, the group charged with coordinating Hong Kong's hand-over from Britain, decided to scrap the colony's elected legislature and replace it with appointed lawmakers when the territory reverts to Chinese rule next year.
November 2, 1996 |
With the leaders of two generations of dissent now behind bars or in exile, China's Communist government has thoroughly and systematically neutralized all significant opposition to its rule--at least for eight months.
December 2, 1992 |
Political confrontation between Hong Kong and China escalated Tuesday as Gov. Chris Patten vowed to push forward with democratic reforms, despite Chinese threats that are affecting the colony's stock market. The blue-chip Hang Seng index dropped 5.3% Tuesday in response to a statement, issued by Beijing after the close of trading Monday, declaring that the British colonial government has no authority to enter into contracts extending beyond Hong Kong's 1997 reversion to Chinese sovereignty.
December 7, 1992 |
China, a major player on Hong Kong's financial markets, is ready to pay a high price in a battle to block Gov. Chris Patten's democratic reform plans, analysts say. Beijing provoked panic on the stock market last week by threatening to tear up contracts signed by the pre-1997 British colonial government without China's approval. But China appears determined to ride out the storm, even if its economic interests in the capitalist enclave of Hong Kong are put at risk.