In 1997, Britain handed over Hong Kong to China in a grand ceremony marking the peaceful transfer of power.
Hong Kong was promised its own system of government for 50 years but already, less than halfway through that period, China is exerting its power – responding to protests with crackdowns and a draconian new security law.
In this episode, host Mark Austin talks about being there on the night of the handover. He’s joined by Hong Kong’s first female politician, Emily Lau, and Rana Mitter, professor of the history and politics of modern China at Oxford University.
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