Carrie Lam sworn in as Hong Kong's new leader

Carrie Lam sworn in as Hong Kong's new leader

In his most high-profile address in Hong Kong since becoming China's president, Xi Jinping gave a nationalistic history lesson on Hong Kong's takeover by the British nearly two centuries ago-a moment China sees as the start of its "century of humiliation" and that still shapes its dealings with the world today-contrasting that time with the city's modern-day greatness as part of China.

Mr Xi called on the new Hong Kong government to step up the patriotic education of young people, and raise public awareness of the history and culture of China. China has persistently been wary of pro-democracy candidates it found unacceptable being elected.

Hong Kong was formally returned to China on July 1, 1997, creating the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region under a "one country, two systems" formula which is meant to come to an end in 2047. On these issues, they need to be regarded correctly and analyzed rationally ...

"Development, an abiding pursuit, is crucial for Hong Kong's survival, and it holds the golden key to resolving various issues", he said.

That, combined with Xi's visit, had sharpened the mood for this year's march, said one veteran participant, retiree David Tse.

On the same day, hundreds of people from the Chinese communities of the San Francisco Bay Area gathered at the Chinese consulate in San Francisco to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to the motherland.

Hong Kong government statistics show that by the end of previous year, mainland banks' assets in Hong Kong accounted for approximately 33 percent of the local banking system, compared with 13 percent in 1997.

The abduction of several Hong Kong booksellers, who sold publications critical of China's leaders, by mainland agents has also shaken confidence in Beijing's promise of non-interference, they say.

"The UK has no sovereignty, governance right or the right of supervision over today's Hong Kong".

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It wasn't immediately clear if Lu was attacking just the idea of continued British involvement in Hong Kong, or the principles in the document itself. "China wants us to go back to the past when we only cared about the economy and served as an instrument for its development", Chan said.

He said that growing concerns over Liu and Beijing's recent claim that the Sino-British Joint Declaration no longer has any realistic meaning could spark more people to take to the streets.

"Carrie Lam.is a nightmare for Hong Kong", he said.

"The Taiwanese government believes that Hong Kong citizens expect reforms and democracy".

"Shaughnessy and parts of Kerrisdale used to have Chinese as servants but not as property owners so that's actually why that "Hongcouver" moment in the 90s was such a break in the city". Police reportedly put the turnout at 14,500. He was hundreds of miles away when the protest march began.

Banners critical of China have been largely absent from the streets, though a rally on Saturday could draw tens of thousands of people in an annual demand for full democracy.

Saturday's demonstration began just hours after Xi concluded his three-day tour of the territory.

Protesters also called for the release of cancer-stricken Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who was given medical parole earlier this week but remains on the mainland.

But it does little to reassure those seeking to preserve Hong Kong's autonomy and separate identity from the mainland or increase its political freedoms, as events of the past few days have shown. Over two dozens democracy activists were detained by police after they staged a sit-in to protest against Xi's visit.

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