May 30, 1997 |
On June 30, the last day of the Empire here, after the Union Jack slinks down the flagpole and the last British governor sails quietly into midnight on the royal yacht Britannia's final voyage, Jack Edwards will fold up the flag and he too will head home--not to Britain, but to the Hong Kong flat where he has lived for 34 years.
April 22, 1997 |
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.
June 15, 1997 |
Restaurateur Tony Chan can tell the mainland Chinese by what they order: pricey Shanghai hairy crabs and the best Chinese wine. So when they leave his Golden Snow restaurant, he doesn't ask for money. "They just give us their business card, and we bill them at the end of the month," he explained. Another way to pick them out, a taxi driver explained, is "they're the ones carrying the suitcases filled with cash."
June 27, 1999 |
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.
June 6, 1997 |
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.
June 14, 1997 |
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.