DW News published this video item, entitled “Hong Kong at 25: attempting to resist Beijing’s control | DW News” – below is their description.
China’s President Xi Jinping has concluded a visit to Hong Kong to mark 25 years since the United Kingdom handed over control of the territory. During the visit, Xi praised the “one country, two systems” policy, which has allowed Hong Kong to have its own laws.
Beijing has been tightening its grip on the city. Here’s a look at how Hong Kong has changed since the British hand-over. DW 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”.