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China's Xi to visit Hong Kong for 25th anniversary of handover

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Xi is happy to have destroyed the treaty with Britain that enabled the handover and is going to see the once vibrant and innovative city in it's current "sheep" state and continuing degradation from free willed citizens to mindless sheep that do as they are told by the invasive and repressive CCP. Many citizens have left Hong Kong to remain free of CCP persecution and in the process have drained the city of what made it so unique. The city is now just another Chinese city under the ugly rule of the party with a bleak future for freedom of thought and expression that had been guaranteed by China, now just a cruel memory.

Nothing to celebrate here for Hong Kong but apparently Xi takes great pleasure in exerting power over others and making them live the way he wants rather than how they want.

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I wonder if we could get President Xi to take on a dual role, president of China AND president of the United States. The U.S.has for the about the last 58 years had almost entirely Corporate selected candidates, sycophants to the rich, for Americans to choose from and it is destroying the country. Xi is working on 'Great Man' status and the U.S.' last seven POTUS' at least have been complete flops at best and horrifying failures at worst and none worthy of the office. Looking back over American history, this has been more often the case than not with absolute treasonous disgraces such as Woodrow Wilson or F.D. Roosevelt just in the last Century. Whatever the football fan mentality has to do to lie to itself regarding the 'home team', it is shameful to not recognise when someone REALLY KNOWS HOW TO DO THEIR JOB AND DOES IT FOR THE GOOD OF THEIR PEOPLE AS A WHOLE and not just for those who pay them and their cronies the most.

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The Emperor visits his new possession....

Too bad we didn't have a President in 2018 that would have stood up to Xi when he overthrew the HK democratic government....

We had his business partner in the garment trade....

https://money.cnn.com/2016/03/08/news/economy/donald-trump-trade/index.html

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Once shiny and bright, but now broken and sad.

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Peter14:

HK was stolen by the UK while China was being carved up by several foreign countries. I'm not surprised you don't see anything wrong with that, considering the genocide committed against the aborigines.

Busby:

Too bad we didn't have a President in 2018 that would have stood up to Xi when he overthrew the HK democratic government....

Xi didn't get rid of Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor. And there was nothing democratic about pre-1997 HK. People had no say as to who governed HK or what elections would be held. Too bad your presidents care more about spending billions destroying other countries rather than spend on their own citizens.

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The Broken Promise of Sovereignty Tour 2022. Hope they throw shoes at him on the podium.

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And there was nothing democratic about pre-1997 HK. People had no say as to who governed HK or what elections would be held.

True, and the people loved it. That's why they still wave the Union Jack at protest rallies today. Democracy is not everything; good governance, lack of corruption and a fair legal system count for a lot.

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Too bad we didn't have a President in 2018 that would have stood up to Xi when he overthrew the HK democratic government....

Xi didn't get rid of Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor. And there was nothing democratic about pre-1997 HK. People had no say as to who governed HK or what elections would be held. Too bad your presidents care more about spending billions destroying other countries rather than spend on their own citizens.

Geez, that almost made me puke....

Why don't you ask the citizens in HK whether they had more democracy before or after Xi's takeover....

The ones that are not already locked up in a gulag on the mainland somewhere...

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A year after the island was returned I remember asking a guy from HK what were the changes

"Before, Chinese doormen would open the door to a European. Now, a European holds the door for us "

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Pukey, that those demanding freedom would rather show the flag of their old colonial rulers rather than their new rulers tells you all you need to know!

Number eleven will no doubt enjoy surveying the oppression and subjugation he has brought about.

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HK was stolen by the UK while China was being carved up by several foreign countries. I'm not surprised you don't see anything wrong with that, considering the genocide committed against the aborigines.

HK was not stolen by the UK, it was signed over in agreement when China lost the first opium war, and then leased, with the final 99 year lease signed in 1898. Hong Kong

https://www.thoughtco.com/china-lease-hong-kong-to-britain-195153

There are many things in the past centuries that by today's standards were wrong, and how Britain first came into possession of Hong Kong is one of them no doubt. However what is also not in doubt is that the majority of residents of Hong Kong preferred to remain under British rule than revert to Chinese Communist party rule. And they have been proven right as their freedoms have been eroded, their right to protest removed, their right to speak out difference of opinions with the ruling party has been ended and the road to semi autonomous rule has been terminated in breach of an Internationally ratified treaty.

China has proven to the world that it's word and signature on international treaties is completely worthless and not worth the paper it is written on. Perhaps that is what Xi is celebrating in Hong Kong, the destruction of the Chinese reputation.

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I wonder if we could get President Xi to take on a dual role, president of China AND president of the United States.

Absolutely convinced they would both prefer to have Biden as president of both nations over Xi every day of the year.

Xi would take the guns away from Americans and the people of the US would shoot him the first time he went in public.

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HK was not stolen by the UK, it was signed over in agreement when China lost the first opium war, and then leased, with the final 99 year lease signed in 1898.

And that lease expired in 1997.

China did nothing wrong; just took back part of its country as per the terms of a contract.

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China did nothing wrong; just took back part of its country as per the terms of a contract.

China broke the treaty. I would say that is doing something wrong.

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Peter14Today  12:38 am JST

China broke the treaty. I would say that is doing something wrong.

Someone should tell somebody; it seems like no one else knows.

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painkillerToday 12:47 am JST

Someone should tell somebody; it seems like no one else knows.

Nobody in China knows but the world at large and the people of Hong Kong are very aware.

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Peter14Today  12:52 am JST

> Nobody in China knows but the world at large and the people of Hong Kong are very aware.

That the UK tried to change provisions to the lease before it expired?

Nothing can be done now---there was no mechanism that requires HK to be givne back to the UK under any circumstances.

It's part of China, and China has 100% control over it.

I'll visit Singapore instead from now anyway.

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painkillerToday 12:58 am JST

It's part of China, and China has 100% control over it.

Yes, and that is why it is so much less than it used to be and why it's future is so bleak.

Pity the poor citizens of Hong Kong that could not leave. They now live under tyrannical rule.

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Peter14Today  01:08 am JST

Yes, and that is why it is so much less than it used to be and why it's future is so bleak.

Pity the poor citizens of Hong Kong that could not leave. They now live under tyrannical rule.

I blame the UK too for not extending the lease.

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painkillerToday 01:17 am JST

I blame the UK too for not extending the lease.

I doubt China would have been willing to extend or sign a new lease. They wanted Hong Kong back and I do knot think the UK had a right to extend unilaterally. If it did then I agree with you.

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Peter14Today  01:21 am JST

I doubt China would have been willing to extend or sign a new lease. They wanted Hong Kong back and I do knot think the UK had a right to extend unilaterally. If it did then I agree with you.

Uk had no right, but when it was negotiating the return in 1984, it should have tried to extend it.

Especially against that background in the '80s, what did they think China would do with HK?

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Like how they enjoy anniversaries now. Now If only they'd honour the 33 year old anniversary of TS ON April 21.

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To all:

The treaty was signed by the Chinese Empire. It no longer exists. Its first successor would be the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Watch the CCP moderators delete this for daring to call them a country.

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The British acquired Hong Kong through the opium trade Google Hong Kong Opium War

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The British acquired Hong Kong through the opium trade Google Hong Kong Opium War

Some facts and context: It didn't "acquire" HK, it leased it with a commitment to return it after the agreed on term. This came after the Chinese emperor kicked the Europeans out of their tiny trading post in Canton, and made being white on the Chinese mainland a crime punishable by death.

So the British, kicked out of China, wanted to lease a portion of HK, an island off the mainland, where they would be safe and could continue to trade.

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The British acquired Hong Kong through the opium trade Google Hong Kong Opium War

Must be hot in Texas, your memory is not good.

Hk Island was granted to the British (perpetually) by the Chinese Emperor. HK Island itself is puny, not even worth mentioning hence why the Emeror had no qualms doing so.

But the British couldn't do any thing with tiny HK Island so it leased the 'New Territory' as well. The lease ended early (40 years early) in exchange for an orderly transition (one country, 2 system). Obviously Xi is in a hurry and can't wait 40 years, so he is rewriting the history book, literally.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-61810263

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