United Kingdom symbols fade, China's rise in new Hong Kong

United Kingdom symbols fade, China's rise in new Hong Kong

Even as thousands of pro-democracy supporters gathered on the streets demanding a democratic system for Honk Kong, the Chinese government issued a stern warning to protestors, saying that such protests are anti-national and will be dealt with strongly.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attended anniversary events on the island, including Lam's swearing into office Saturday as the city's first female leader.

On July 1, 20 years ago, the United Kingdom handed rule of Hong Kong-a British colony for 150 years-to China.

"Any attempt to endanger China's sovereignty and security, challenge the power of the central government. or use Hong Kong to carry out infiltration and sabotage activities against the mainland is an act that crosses the red line and is absolutely impermissible", Xi said.

Scores of democracy protesters were taken away by police, while several pro-China groups remained, cheering loudly and waving flags as though in victory.

Lam said Hong Kong has more development opportunities by actively participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.

Lam prevailed over a much more popular rival in an election decried by many as fundamentally undemocratic, with only a fraction of a percent of Hong Kong's more than 3 million registered voters taking part.

Xi praised Hong Kong for its role in China's economic development as he addressed the banquet, which included lawmakers and business figures, and told Hong Kong citizens to believe in themselves and China.

In 1993, Tsingtao Brewery Co, the mainland's second-largest brewer, fired the first salvo by going public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange as the first H-share enterprise.

Some protesters carried neon yellow umbrellas, in a symbolic invocation of pro-democracy protests in 2014 known as the Umbrella Revolution, the most significant popular challenge to Chinese rule in recent years.

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Charles Li Xiaojia, CEO of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd, which operates the city's bourse, has observed the city's evolution from the mainland's fundraising center into the nation's global wealth-management hub, top offshore risk management center and global asset pricing pivot.

In response to the United States and UK statements, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang detailed Hong Kong's "comprehensive achievements with the support of the central government and mainland".

The two and 24 other activists staged a protest against Xi's visit to the Bauhinia Monument, the golden statue that was once given by the central government to Hong Kong to commemorate his return.

Mr Xi was speaking at the swearing-in of the territory's new leader Carrie Lam, as it marks 20 years since its handover to China from Britain.

There are growing fears that those freedoms are now under threat from an assertive Beijing, with Chinese authorities accused of interfering in a range of areas in Hong Kong, from politics to media and education. Now, here on the trading floor in Hong Kong, he says, they're more like servants.

"In the future, one of my major responsibilities is to ensure the policies' continuous, successful and comprehensive implementation in Hong Kong", she said.

Minor scuffles broke out under a blue sky as pro-democracy activists, some with banners bearing the words "Democracy".

The career civil servant and her Cabinet swore to serve China and Hong Kong and to uphold the Basic Law, the territory's mini-constitution. People marched with signs criticizing the Chinese president, while others called for the end of the Communist Party of China.

"In the next five days, I'll be speaking to my team and making sure I do not let the central government or the people of Hong Kong down".

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