PLA soldiers attend a farewell ceremony on June 30, 1997, in Shenzhen, ahead of deployment to Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

How Hong Kong’s handover passed the reins from one distant power base to the next

  • Just as London called the shots pre-1997, local government seen to remain largely toothless with Beijing now pulling the city’s strings
  • Viewed as a parallel police force, the use of gangsters to enforce public policy is not without precedent
PLA soldiers attend a farewell ceremony on June 30, 1997, in Shenzhen, ahead of deployment to Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters
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