torsdag 29. juni 2017

HK handover predictions: Golden geese and democracy 'infections'

In July 1997, more than 150 years of British rule came to an end in Hong Kong with its handover to China, a historic event viewed with a mixture of uncertainty and hope.We asked observers how their predictions turned out 20 years on. Would Hong Kong remain China's 'golden goose'? Back then, cosmopolitan and prosperous Hong Kong was seen as China's vital gateway to the outside world - and many believed it would stay that way for years to come. Fast forward 20 years, and it is no longer the only jewel in China's crown, with cities such as Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou becoming financial or manufacturing powerhouses. "Hong Kong was the golden goose in China," said politician Martin Lee.