A decade ago today, the SCMP published a July 1 supplement that ran to more than 100 pages. Back then, Hong Kong's return to Chinese sovereignty took place amid palpable fears for the future; dire warnings that a draconian regime was taking over and would reduce the city to its knees; and suspicions that personal freedoms would be eroded if not torn away. Ten years on, though, what is the 'news'? Yes, much has happened over the years, as shown by the list above and elaborated in our special magazine Ten Years On. But we have learned that challenges, seen and unseen, can be overcome; that Beijing's involvement, while controversial, has been measured; and that our way of life is as intact as the changes wrought by social and technological progress allows. There is no room for complacency, however, as no contingency plans can ever prepare us for every situation. Come what may, vigilance and perseverance will serve us well. But today the real headline news is this: after 10 tough years, Hong Kong is deservedly celebrating.