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Beijing's effort to bring Hong Kong to heel reaches new levels of Orwellian brazenness

Maybe if they’d told us all these 22 years ago things would not seem so desperately pear-shaped now. 

The 1997 Handover ceremony. File Photo: GovHK.

Yes, with the rain pitching down and Prince Charles and Hong Kong’s last governor Chris Patten looking miserably on, it would have been a seismic shock if—at the stroke of midnight, July 1, 1997—the city’s handover from British to Chinese sovereignty had concluded with Chinese officials stepping forward to proclaim:

1)  the Sino-British Joint Declaration a cruel hoax.

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