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.
June 20, 1997 |
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.
May 9, 1997 |
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.