Hong Kong: A Colony's Uncertain Future

Troubled residents ask if capitalism and Communism can mix

The positioning, the sense of ceremony, even the awkward pas de deux, at the end, summed up perfectly all that had gone before, as well as apprehensions for what was to come. In a red-carpeted chamber of Peking's Great Hall of the People, the British Ambassador to China, Sir Richard Evans, sat at one end of a long table covered with a green-tasseled cloth. At the other end sat Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhou Nan. Behind them, the 50 or so officials from both...

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