The flags of Hong Kong (left) and China are hoisted at the end of a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from Britain, in Hong Kong, on July 1. Photo: AFP The flags of Hong Kong (left) and China are hoisted at the end of a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from Britain, in Hong Kong, on July 1. Photo: AFP
The flags of Hong Kong (left) and China are hoisted at the end of a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from Britain, in Hong Kong, on July 1. Photo: AFP
Jason Wordie
Opinion

Opinion

Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Hong Kong’s rights are a gift that can be taken back whenever China sees fit

  • The city started punching above its weight in the 1950s, with local arrogance hitting intolerable levels in the 80s
  • Cold-eyed acceptance of the city’s diminished role does not feature in public discussion

The flags of Hong Kong (left) and China are hoisted at the end of a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from Britain, in Hong Kong, on July 1. Photo: AFP The flags of Hong Kong (left) and China are hoisted at the end of a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from Britain, in Hong Kong, on July 1. Photo: AFP
The flags of Hong Kong (left) and China are hoisted at the end of a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from Britain, in Hong Kong, on July 1. Photo: AFP
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