Hong Kong's complex and fascinating history

The former British colony of Hong Kong is commemorating the 25th anniversary of its handover to Beijing's control

According to the "one nation, two systems" approach, the handover in 1997 was conducted with the expectation that

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Hong Kong would preserve its current, largely democratic political and economic systems separate from those of mainland China.

But in the 25 years since that momentous day, China has steadily undermined the basic underpinnings of Hong Kong's democracy and harshly repressed those

 who oppose what they perceive as Beijing's disregard for the liberties it promised to uphold following the handover.

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