The State Council’s 2014 white paper on Hong Kong reasserted Chinese sovereignty over Hong Kong and is consistent with China’s past commitment. It is an attempt to clarify the misunderstanding that the Sino-British Joint Declaration is a constitutional basis for present-day Hong Kong. Photo: Nora Tam

Why does China take a hard line on Hong Kong? To spell out post-1997 status and quash false hopes

Topic |   Hong Kong Basic Law

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The State Council’s 2014 white paper on Hong Kong reasserted Chinese sovereignty over Hong Kong and is consistent with China’s past commitment. It is an attempt to clarify the misunderstanding that the Sino-British Joint Declaration is a constitutional basis for present-day Hong Kong. Photo: Nora Tam
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