October 10, 1989
China for the first time has refused to accept Chinese illegal immigrants being returned from Hong Kong, a Hong Kong government spokesman said. A total of 70 were scheduled to be repatriated to the neighboring Chinese province of Guandong, but Chinese officials refused to accept them at the border. The Hong Kong spokesman said that talks are being conducted on the incident. Under a 1982 accord, China has routinely accepted illegal immigrants returned by Hong Kong.
June 2, 1989
About 2,000 Vietnamese "boat people" began a hunger strike in Hong Kong to protest a policy that treats them as illegal immigrants subject to repatriation. The refugees at a detention center in the Shatin district refused to eat after officials began screening under a year-old policy that makes them subject to deportation unless they can prove they fled political persecution. Another 492 Vietnamese refugees sailed into Hong Kong waters and were towed to Tai A Chau, an outlying island without any shelter.