Sky News published this video item, entitled “‘China is turning into a police state’ says Lord Patten” – below is their description.
China’s President has insisted that the “one country, two systems” arrangement in Hong Kong is working.
Xi Jinping has been leading events marking 25 years since Britain handed the city back to Beijing.
But critics say the system has been fundamentally undermined by China’s national security law , which has led to the arrest of countless pro-democracy campaigners.
Lord Patten, the UK’s last governor of Hong Kong, back in 1997 speaks to Sky’s Mark Austin. Sky News YouTube Channel
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In This Story: Hong Kong
Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.