Jun 30, 2022
In Welcome to the Forum
On July 1, 1997, the United Kingdom handed over Hong Kong sovereignty to Beijing, making it a special administrative region of China under the promise of "one country, two systems". At that time, the outside world had been worried that under the rule of the CCP, Hong Kong would eventually be reduced to an ordinary Chinese city. Some observers believe that in the early days of the handover of sovereignty, the Chinese government seemed to keep its promises, did not interfere in Hong Kong's affairs, and even refused some Hong Kong officials' requests in this regard. However, after that, the CCP continued to strengthen its influence on Hong Kong and began to emphasize its "comprehensive governance" over Hong Kong, which caused the "high degree of autonomy" of Hong Kong to be eroded. to the "right track". As Hong Kong celebrates the 25th anniversary of the handover of sovereignty, the Chinese leader's promise of "50 years of unchanged" is halfway through, and in the eyes of some, "one country, two systems" no longer exists. But Banner Design in the eyes of others, "one country, two systems" will not only remain unchanged, it will not even need to change after 2047. AP22181172902713 Photo Credit: AP/ Dazhi Image In recent years, the Hong Kong government has been trying to strengthen students' sense of identity with China. Honeymoon Period" In the early days after the handover of sovereignty, Hong Kong residents' sense of identity with China continued to rise, and it also rose to the highest point during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The University of Hong Kong's Public Opinion Research Project found at the time that more than half of respondents identified themselves as "Chinese," a period widely interpreted as a "honeymoon period" under Chinese rule. The same survey found that this number fell to less than 25% by 2019.