Hong Kong officials and other dignitaries attend the flag-raising ceremony for the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, at Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong. Photo: K.Y. ChengHong Kong officials and other dignitaries attend the flag-raising ceremony for the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, at Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
Hong Kong officials and other dignitaries attend the flag-raising ceremony for the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, at Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Hongkongers have more freedom and are richer under Chinese rule than they were when city was British colony, says top Beijing official

  • Director of the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong Luo Huining says Britain plundered city to ‘astronomical’ degree
  • Official cites HK$22.1 billion in military expenses city paid between 1950 and 1997, and says before China came there was no democracy

Topic |   Hong Kong handover anniversary
Hong Kong officials and other dignitaries attend the flag-raising ceremony for the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, at Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong. Photo: K.Y. ChengHong Kong officials and other dignitaries attend the flag-raising ceremony for the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, at Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
Hong Kong officials and other dignitaries attend the flag-raising ceremony for the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, at Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong. Photo: K.Y. Cheng
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