Resource May 8, 2017

Meet the Journalist: Howard W. French

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A workday street scene from the "Central" neighborhood, in Hong Kong, which was the scene of unprecedented anti-government protests in 2014. Image by Howard W. French. China, 2017.
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When China resumed control over Hong Kong, after the end of British colonial rule in 1997, many...

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In 1997, under an arrangement known as One Country, Two Systems, Hong Kong was restored to Chinese sovereignty, ending longstanding British colonial rule over the city. Since a series of major protests erupted in 2014 over local opposition to perceived interference by Beijing in the city's affairs, Hong Kong has experienced near-constant tensions with China. Natives of the city have complained that Beijing has failed to live up to its pledge to allow Hong Kong's broad autonomy in self-government to continue. Far from backing down, China, fearing the growth of pro-autonomy voices and even of people advocating outright independence for the city, has sought ways to enhance its control over Hong Kong politics. This video packages what he found.

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