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April 22, 1997 | SILVIA CAVALLINI and MAGGIE FARLEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In China's first expression of sovereignty before it takes control of Hong Kong on July 1, an advance unit from the People's Liberation Army crossed the border Monday to prepare its new home base. On the way, the Chinese convoy rumbled down the same streets that filled eight years ago with 1 million people marching to protest that army's brutal suppression of demonstrators in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
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March 12, 2002 | From Associated Press
Eight hundred adopted Chinese children have been given permission by Beijing to live with their families in Hong Kong after a bitter struggle, the territory's Department of Immigration said Monday. Since this former British colony was returned to China in 1997, many mainland Chinese have demanded the right to live here, prompting protests and legal battles. Last year, Hong Kong's top court ruled that mainland children adopted by families from the territory had no right to live here.
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June 15, 1997 | MAGGIE FARLEY, Times Staff Writer
This city's history--a tale of surprising power seeded in a questionable past, a story of opium and opportunism, business and bravery and betrayal--can best be seen in the fortunes of the Hotungs. This Hong Kong clan has struggled and prospered along with the territory and has shared its fate in ways historic and metaphoric.
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April 27, 2001 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly four years after Hong Kong's return to Chinese sovereignty, there's a growing belief that if the territory is to remain one of Asia's premier financial and commercial centers, it must integrate economically with its neighbor on the mainland, the Pearl River Delta. The question is how. Under the formula known as "one country, two systems," Hong Kong has preserved its democratic freedoms, its rule of law and other advantages.
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June 27, 1999 | ANTHONY KUHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hong Kong protesters and opposition politicians assailed a controversial decision Saturday by China's legislature to give Beijing, and not the former British colony, the final say on which mainland residents can move there. The Beijing decision may have allayed the long-standing fears of some Hong Kong residents that their densely populated, recession-racked territory would be swamped by mainland Chinese immigrants.
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June 6, 1997 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Almost all of China's 1989 Tiananmen Square dissidents who received asylum in Hong Kong have slipped out of the colony before their political oasis evaporates at midnight June 30. One who decided to stay is Han Dongfang, 34, the exiled founder of China's independent labor movement. From here, he secretly distributes his China Labor Bulletin to factories across the border and does weekly broadcasts on Radio Free Asia to encourage mainland workers to improve their conditions.
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June 14, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Japan and New Zealand joined Australia in breaking with the U.S. and Britain by rejecting a boycott of the swearing-in of Hong Kong's Beijing-appointed legislature during July 1 hand-over ceremonies. "I know there is an issue over whether we should go to this or not. But I think we must go," Japanese Premier Ryutaro Hashimoto said in Tokyo.
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June 23, 1997 | JONATHAN PETERSON and TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The United States and seven other major powers issued a veiled warning Sunday to China on its future treatment of Hong Kong as they ended a summit here that will be remembered for its open-arms inclusion of Russia, the West's former enemy. The nations' eight leaders also tackled an agenda that resulted in agreements to work more closely in combating AIDS and other infectious diseases, fight international organized crime, salvage peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia-Herzegovina and push for job growth.
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June 10, 1997 | Associated Press
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright would boycott if invited to the installation July 1 of the new Hong Kong legislature, officials said Monday. To attend "would not be appropriate," the State Department's Nicholas Burns said, because Hong Kong already "had a perfectly good legislature in place." China plans to replace the legislature elected under British rule.
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June 20, 1997 | Associated Press
Britain and China attempted to soothe worries Thursday about Chinese troops in Hong Kong, and Gov. Chris Patten urged the colony to accept underground Communist activity as a fact of life. Patten was answering questions in the legislature for the last time before Hong Kong returns to Chinese sovereignty July 1.
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September 3, 2000 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The attack was over in minutes, but its impact is certain to last. Angered and emotionally exhausted by years of wrangling with officialdom, about 30 young mainland Chinese immigrants fighting to join family members in China's newest, wealthiest city simply snapped. They sprinkled flammable liquid along the corridors of the 13th-floor offices of Hong Kong's Immigration Department. They doused themselves. Then they lighted a match.
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April 19, 2000 | ANTHONY KUHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In an escalating controversy over Hong Kong's autonomy, journalists in the territory launched a protest campaign Tuesday over what they said are attempts to curtail press freedom. "We will not be propaganda machines," said a petition circulated by the Hong Kong Journalists Assn. during a 24-hour drive to obtain signatures from local media outlets. The move came after Beijing warned journalists here not to report on viewpoints supporting Taiwanese independence.
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June 27, 1999 | ANTHONY KUHN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hong Kong protesters and opposition politicians assailed a controversial decision Saturday by China's legislature to give Beijing, and not the former British colony, the final say on which mainland residents can move there. The Beijing decision may have allayed the long-standing fears of some Hong Kong residents that their densely populated, recession-racked territory would be swamped by mainland Chinese immigrants.
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June 26, 1999 | From Associated Press
China's legislature revised a Hong Kong court ruling on immigration today, issuing a narrowly worded decision with far-reaching implications for the independence of the territory's judiciary. The executive committee of China's National People's Congress ruled that Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeals erred by not consulting the mainland legislature when deciding which Chinese citizens had the right of abode in the territory.
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May 19, 1999 | RONE TEMPEST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As protesters marched with funeral wreaths to mourn what they said was the death of an independent judiciary in Hong Kong, the territory's government announced Tuesday that it will ask Beijing for help in reversing a controversial court ruling here granting residency rights to mainland-born offspring of Hong Kongers. Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, citing an official report that Hong Kong's population could swell by 1.
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July 3, 1998 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Hong Kong's hand-over to China neared in 1997, The Times visited with some residents to learn of their hopes--and fears--about life under Beijing's rule. A year later, their lives have taken some unexpected turns. ZHANG JING / Dissident Dissident Zhang Jing knows firsthand about Chinese repression, and she didn't want to stay in Hong Kong long enough to see what would happen after Chinese rule took effect. Now safely in the U.S.
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May 9, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Hong Kong activists who plan a protest to mark the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown vowed that the colony's hand-over to China will not stop them from commemorating the event in the future. Campaigner Szeto Wah said activists plan to hold their traditional vigil June 4 in memory of the pro-democracy protesters who died in Beijing.
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December 9, 1997 | From Associated Press
This Special Administrative Region chose 36 deputies to China's national legislature Monday in an election denounced by pro-democracy activists. Jiang Enzhu, 58, head of the Hong Kong branch of Beijing's New China News Agency, received 397 votes from the 424-member election committee, composed of Hong Kong's political and business elite. Before Hong Kong reverted to Chinese sovereignty in July, the news agency office was Beijing's de facto embassy in the then-British territory.
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July 1, 1998 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year after China reclaimed Hong Kong from British control, the territory is in little mood to celebrate. What had been a bubbly, booming economy is now heading for its worst recession since World War II. Add to that a series of health scares--bird flu, an algae-filled "red tide," a cholera outbreak and pesticide-tainted vegetables--and people are worrying about not only the money in their pockets but the food on their tables.
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May 25, 1998 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voters braved heavy rains and floods Sunday for a record turnout in the first elections in this territory under Chinese rule--less a vote about selecting a new Legislative Council than a referendum on the future of democracy in Hong Kong. The result was resounding support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy camp, which was ousted from the legislature after the territory's return to Chinese sovereignty and replaced by appointed pro-Beijing lawmakers.
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