Hong Kong: What's Changed, What Hasn't

Mainland Chinese protestors

What's Changed

Political Independence

Hong Kong has a great measure of independence under the "one country, two systems" arrangement orchestrated prior to the handover. But the mainland government has, on occasion, forcefully reminded Hong Kong who's in charge. In 1999, Beijing overrode a Hong Kong court ruling allowing mainland relatives of Hong Kong residents to immigrate to the city, prompting candlelight protests and suggesting that Hong Kong's autonomy has definite, if largely undefined, limits.

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