- The Chinese government has issued a strong condemnation of protesters who stormed and vandalised Hong Kong’s legislature calling the act totally intolerable.
- Hong Kong enjoys a “one country, two systems” deal that guarantees it a level of autonomy, and rights not seen on mainland China.
- However,it does not have full democracy and pro-democracy events are held every year to mark the handover.
- But,this year the annual event follows weeks of protests which have seen millions take to the streets over the planned extradition bill.
- The changes made in the extradition bill would had allowed suspects accused of crimes such as murder and rape to be extradited to mainland China to face trial.
- Hong Kong was a British colony from 1841 until it was returned to China in 1997.Central to the handover was the agreement of the Basic Law,a mini constitution that gives Hong Kong broad autonomy and sets out certain rights.
- Under the “one country, two systems” principle,Hong Kong has kept its judicial independence, its own legislature, its economic system and the Hong Kong dollar.Beijing retains control of foreign and defence affairs, and visas or permits are required for travel between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland.
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