Hong Kong celebrates its return anniversary with a flag ceremony
“One country, two systems” has actually been the motto of Hong Kong’s seven million people since its return in 1997. Meanwhile, many critics speak only of “one country, one system.”
In 1997, the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the return of the former British crown colony to China began with a flag ceremony in Hong Kong. The flag of Hong Kong was raised next to the Chinese national flag during a ceremony at Victoria Harbor.
For the second year in a row, the Hong Kong Police Honor Guard marched on a Chinese saga, not a British one. In fact, there have always been big protests on the anniversary. However, for the third year in a row, no protest march is planned after the introduction of a strict security law.
After returning to the People’s Republic on July 1, 1997, Hong Kong was governed on a “one country, two systems” basis. He promised the seven million Hong Kong people at the time that by 2047 they would be able to enjoy “high levels of autonomy” – many political freedoms. After the adoption of the law on security, however, many critics spoke only of “one country, one system.”
John Lee, who will replace Hong Kong Prime Minister Kerry Lam, will also be sworn in as part of the anniversary celebrations. Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a two-day visit to the Asian Financial Center on Thursday to celebrate the holidays.