Published: Sun, July 02, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

Hardline stance towards radical pro-democracy Hong Kongers could mean more conflict

Hardline stance towards radical pro-democracy Hong Kongers could mean more conflict

Since Hong Kong's return from British rule to the motherland, not only have Hong Kong emigrants returned from Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, but it now has a strong inflow of expatriates, Leung said.

Much to Beijing's chagrin, people still display British colonial emblems out of nostalgia and longing for a time they feel had faster economic growth and better opportunities.

Mr Xi then lamented how the remainder of modern day Hong Kong - Kowloon and the New Territories -became part of the British Empire, to the "sorrow" of the Chinese people.

On the same day, hundreds of people from the Chinese communities of the San Francisco Bay Area gathered at the Chinese consulate in San Francisco to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to the motherland.

Recurrent in the images are the themes of nationalism versus colonialism, justice and freedom under Beijing's control, and the color red, a symbol of good fortune and Beijing support.

Hong Kong is a plural society with "different views and even major differences on some specific issues", he acknowledged.

Like many of his peers, Ngan plans to renew his BN (O), or British National (Overseas), passport, a special status passport granted to Hong Kong permanent residents prior to 1997.

Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, has evoked his country's "humiliation" at the hands of British imperialists during a trip to Hong Kong, as he sought to stir patriotism in a city where there are growing calls for more autonomy from the mainland.

Chinese President Xi Jinping swore in Hong Kong's new leader Carrie Lam.

More than 100,000 people took to the streets in Hong Kong back in 2014 for 79 days to protest against Beijing's refusal to allow full democracy in the so-called "Occupy" civil disobedience movement.

The election of Carrie Lam to the city's top job in March was marred by allegations that Beijing had placed pressure on the roughly 1,200-member committee that elects the chief executive.

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Some protesters carried a cardboard model of a toilet picturing Leung's face on the lid and Lam's face in the bowl, covered with excrement. The news that Nobel prize victor and Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo is terminally ill and has only recently been granted medical parole has been another source of discontent.

While some Hong Kongers are downbeat over what they see as the increasing reliance of Hong Kong on the mainland, others believe the closer financial linkages between the two could prove to be symbiotic.

Several pro-democracy groups protested against Xi's visit and scuffled with pro-China organisations and police.

There were fears that the PLA would crack down in Hong Kong when it was returned to China, particularly after Tiananmen, but it has kept a very low profile.

But he said Hong Kong had to do more to shore up security and boost patriotic education, apparently referring to pieces of legislation long delayed by popular opposition.

Those protests were sparked by a Beijing-backed political reform package which said Hong Kong could have a public vote for leader, but that candidates must be vetted first.

Among those said by the group to have been arrested was Joshua Wong, the leader of the so-called umbrella protest movement.

Some warn the law could be used as an excuse to crack down on criticism of the government or the discussion of controversial topics like Hong Kong independence.

China has been cracking down on dissidents in Hong Kong to preserve the stability it desires.

In response to the United States and United Kingdom statements, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang detailed Hong Kong's "comprehensive achievements with the support of the central government and mainland".

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