July 1, 1997 |
Britain waved goodbye to Hong Kong with nostalgia but few tears. "Does it matter to us British? Not much," said empire historian Jan Morris, who is writing daily newspaper accounts of the hand-over. Morris is in Hong Kong, and that's where the hoopla is, not in Hackney, Holborn or Hammersmith. The colony's return to China marks the last major act in a voluntary, prolonged dismemberment of modern history's greatest empire. Sic transit gloria imperii.
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.
June 23, 1997 |
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.
June 10, 1997 |
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.