Some people may have assumed Hong Kong has some sort of sovereignty of its own that equals or overrides that of the nation. But the “one country, two systems” concept makes it clear Hong Kong is a part of China, but with its own identity as a society and its own systems as an economy. Photo: AFP

Beijing has ultimate control of Hong Kong – that’s the reality of ‘one country, two systems’

Bernard Chan says Hongkongers who are worried about an erosion of their freedoms should understand that the post-1997 arrangement does not and cannot freeze Hong Kong-mainland relations in time. Change is inevitable, and Hong Kong should see that it, too, is shaping the future

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Some people may have assumed Hong Kong has some sort of sovereignty of its own that equals or overrides that of the nation. But the “one country, two systems” concept makes it clear Hong Kong is a part of China, but with its own identity as a society and its own systems as an economy. Photo: AFP
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