- Title: A timeline of Hong Kong since its 1997 handover to China
- Date: 21st June 2017
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (FILE - JUNE 18, 2015) (REUTERS) PRO-ESTABLISHMENT LAWMAKERS LEAVING HONG KONG LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TV DISPLAY READING "VOTING IN PROGRESS/8-FOR 28-AGAINST PRO-DEMOCRACY LAWMAKERS UNFOLDING BANNER IN CHAMBER BANNER READING (Chinese): "RESTART THE REFORM PROCESS. PROTECT HONG KONG. FIGHT FOR GENUINE UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE. NEVER GIVE UP" On June 18, 2015, Hong Kong's legislature vetoed a China-vetted electoral reform package that had been criticized by opposition pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as flawed and undemocratic. Hundreds of Beijing supporters had converged outside government buildings as city legislators voted on the package that aimed to define the Chinese-controlled city's democratic future. The no-vote had been expected in order to appease some pro-democracy activists who had demanded a veto of what they called a "fake" democratic model for how Hong Kong chooses its next leader in 2017. HONG KONG, CHINA (FILE - JANUARY 6, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ENTRANCE TO CAUSEWAY BAY BOOKS WITH SIGN READING (English, Chinese): "CLOSED" ELECTRONIC SCREEN ADVERTISING BOOKS SHOWING CHINESE PRESIDENT, XI JINPING, ALONGSIDE POSTER OF FIVE MISSING BOOKSELLERS INCLUDING LEE BO (CENTRE) OUTSIDE "PEOPLE'S BOOK CAFE"
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- Keywords: Hong Kong Handover timeline politics election
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
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- Story Text:On July 1, Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend ceremonial events in Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover from British rule.
He is expected to perform the swearing-in of the territory's next Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam.
Lam was elected in March this year by a 1,200-strong committee, stacked mostly with Beijing loyalists, to become the city's first female leader. She has vowed to 'heal social divisions' at a time when tensions with China are on the rise.
As the fourth chief executive since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule 20 years ago, Lam will need to restore the public's faith in the "one country, two systems" formula that promises extensive autonomy and freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland.
That principle has come under strain with what many residents see as creeping interference by China in the financial hub's legal affairs and freedom of speech, not least with the shadowy detention of five Hong Kong booksellers in late 2015 and Chinese-born billionaire Xiao Jianhua in January.
The city will be under heavy security for the handover anniversary, but that's not likely to deter the thousands of protesters expected to march in the annual anti-government protest.
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