The British national flag flies in the foreground during a protest on July 1, as Hong Kong, a former British colony, marks the 22nd anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty. Photo: Bloomberg The British national flag flies in the foreground during a protest on July 1, as Hong Kong, a former British colony, marks the 22nd anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty. Photo: Bloomberg
The British national flag flies in the foreground during a protest on July 1, as Hong Kong, a former British colony, marks the 22nd anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty. Photo: Bloomberg
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Andrew Hammond

Hong Kong protests are growing into yet another thorn in relations between China and Britain

  • London regards strong economic ties with Beijing as vital for its post-Brexit future, but China’s ire over the support for the protests by the two candidates seeking to be Britain’s next leader underlines the difficulty of the task

The British national flag flies in the foreground during a protest on July 1, as Hong Kong, a former British colony, marks the 22nd anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty. Photo: Bloomberg The British national flag flies in the foreground during a protest on July 1, as Hong Kong, a former British colony, marks the 22nd anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty. Photo: Bloomberg
The British national flag flies in the foreground during a protest on July 1, as Hong Kong, a former British colony, marks the 22nd anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty. Photo: Bloomberg
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Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond is an associate at LSE IDEAS (the Centre for International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy) at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was formerly a UK goverment special adviser at a time when Britain last held the presidency of the European Union.