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Hong Kong’s last British governor has likened Chinese President Xi Jinping’s administration to a “dictatorship” that is attempting to create a “police state” in the former colony.
When the union jack was lowered in Hong Kong a quarter of a century ago, it signalled the end of 150 years of it being a British colony.
On the 25th anniversary of Britain’s handover to China, Lord Christopher Patten spoke to ITV News about his concerns over the future of Hong Kong.
“There’s no question that Xi Jinping’s dictatorship has represented a step backwards for China in a pretty big way and therefore a step backwards for Hong Kong as well,” he saidITV 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”.