By Elaine Dunn | July 2022
Twenty-five years ago on July 1, the British handed its colony of Hong Kong back to the People’s Republic of China.
Chinese President Xi Jinping was on hand to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the handover and to inaugurate the city’s new Chief Executive John Lee. According to Xi, “… Hong Kong has been reborn from the ashes and is showing vigorous vitality.” But, that’s the Beijing take on the matter. Per Sky News, “China's official line on Hong Kong may differ from the reality as many have noted a significant change in governance of the region over the last 25 years, with increasing restrictions being imposed.”
Following are a number of OpEd pieces that runs the gamut of the sentiment surrounding this anniversary.
U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul minced no words in his June 30, 2022, statement to the press: “When the United Kingdom gave Hong Kong’s sovereignty to the People’s Republic of China 25 years ago, the CCP signed an international treaty that bound them to respect Hong Kongers’ free and democratic way of life. The CCP trampled on that promise, destroying the freedom and autonomy that made Hong Kong unique, and extending their tyranny over Hong Kongers’ daily lives. On this anniversary, I remember the inspiring bravery of the people of Hong Kong, and strongly urge the CCP to respect Hong Kongers’ universal freedoms, end sham prosecutions under its dystopian national security law, release political prisoners, and return to its obligations under the Sino-British Joint Declaration.”
· , Wall Street Journal
· Hong Kong Free Press
· China Daily editorial
· Global Times editorial
· UK Foreign Secretary statement
· Deutsche Welle
· Agence France-Presse
· Human Rights Watch
· Gabriel Yiu, Straight