Hong Kong Outlook: Former LegCo president speaks on ‘patriots governing Hong Kong’

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    China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) representatives spoke during a two-day symposium on the need to improve the city’s electoral system. In this latest episode of Hong Kong Outlook, former HKSAR Legislative Council President Rita Fan talks about how the principle of “patriots governing Hong Kong” is the original aspiration of “One Country, Two Systems” and the legislative intent of the HKSAR’s Basic Law. With the latest changes to the law, what’s in store for Hong Kong?

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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”.

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