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The long road: Hong Kong s democratic struggles since 1997

BEIJING (AP) — On July 1, 1997, Tung Chee-Hwa, the first chief executive of Hong Kong, declared, For the first time in history, we, the people of Hong Kong, will be master of our own destiny. It was the moment that Hong Kong, previously a British colony, was returned to China under the framework of one country, two systems. The Basic Law constitution guaranteed to protect, for the next 50 years, the democratic institutions that make Hong Kong distinct from Communist Party-ruled mainland China. Despite that promise, Hong Kong s agency has been tested, reinforced and challenged again in the succeeding years, most recently this week, which witnessed what may have been the largest protest...

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