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  • The depth China is trying toe occupy us.

  • Would it be exaggerating it to save it?

  • This situation is pulling families apart.

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  • What does I Didn't I?

  • These air traumatic days for the people of Hong Kong?

  • Way.

  • We've been seeing this for months in a row over government bill demands for greater democracy allegations.

  • Speak to people here and they'll tell you this crisis goes so much deeper.

  • And it's been decades in the making with respect.

  • U K sold out of Hong Kong to China in the 19 eighties after a century and 1/2 of colonial rule Written agreed to hand Hong Kong back to China in 1997.

  • Now Hong Kong people are to run Hong Kong with or something.

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  • Oh, my God!

  • This long!

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  • When was the last time he was in here?

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  • Jenny was born here in Hong Kong, but she calls herself Chinese.

  • Her sons were all involved in the protests.

  • Two of them won't speak to her anymore.

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  • Hold some I got it all the same regarding what do you you will find going with his organs are fun If you fumbled on, tell me something.

  • What do you I think you're Guam.

  • Clearly my sabbatical.

  • So if I do you do you think the boys will be home for oil since I'm going?

  • So your soup is more powerful than politics?

  • When Britain handed Hong Kong back, China agreed that for 50 years until 2047 life in Hong Kong would stay pretty much the same.

  • The current social and economic systems of Hong Kong, the two sides agreed, will remain unchanged and so will the lifestyle for Hong Kong is that meant keeping alive the rights they enjoyed under British rule.

  • But communist China was a very different place.

  • So Beijing had a term for the new arrangement.

  • One country, two systems.

  • But how could that possibly last up close?

  • Hong Kong is big, confident, impressive, But zoom out a little.

  • Pretty soon the territory almost disappears a tiny speck on the edge of a vast nation.

  • So this is the border between Hong Kong here and just over the water.

  • China on that enormous city is Shen Jen.

  • More than 13 million people live there.

  • It's way bigger than Hong Kong standing here.

  • You get an incredible sense of the power of modern China pressing in from the north.

  • And it's not just power its people.

  • Every day 100 and 50 mainland citizens are allowed into Hong Kong on one way tickets.

  • That's more than a 1,000,000 new arrivals.

  • Since 1997 they have been kind of gone.

  • They want Oh my God, that's the dialect that most Hong Kongers speak.

  • It's very different from the Mandarin spoken by most people on the mainland, but more and more schools here teach Mandarin like Cyrus is where some Children cross over from the mainland every day they see high.

  • I hope it turns out that the young po tomato more you get So pi.

  • Now how do you put on my coat?

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  • Go toe to toe motions and come beige on.

  • We got the hotel learned.

  • How how do you feel about with new arrivals?

  • Come get Europol fund case They had my don't like no there, There when you get like you and I hope they don't Bongo some of the things home comments say about mainlanders are troubling, even xenophobic.

  • They've been called Locusts has been here for eight years.

  • Ocular computing guys don't go.

  • And, yeah, you could say I'm too young, my whole life single hang well.

  • The game hostility towards China has been building for years.

  • Immigration and language play a part, but it's also because Hong Kong is field.

  • China is trying to impose its will.

  • What China is doing this is kind of empiricism, whatever we want or not wear now at the front line between the Freedom Road on the greatest dictatorship right now.

  • In 2003 there were protests against legislation that would have threatened free speech in 2012.

  • It happened again when the government tried to change the school curriculum in 2014.

  • The issue was the way China wanted to influence Hong Kong's elections and, most recently, another controversy.

  • A bill that would have allowed the extradition of criminal suspects to the mainland.

  • Eventually, the government had to back down.

  • But people fear that other things have been happening in secret.

  • In 2015 China was accused of abducting five men from a bookshop where you could find scandalous accounts of life in communist China.

  • So here it is, Causeway books, and it's almost four years on, and it's still shut on firmly locked.

  • People have obviously been coming here leaving messages of support.

  • Here's one that you can still read.

  • It says, Come back soon.

  • We love you and your books.

  • 20 years of almost constant friction with China have changed Hong Kong's identity.

  • For a while, people increasingly thought of themselves as Chinese.

  • But in the last 10 years, that's changed.

  • And when you look at young people, it's really changed.

  • Theo Young protesters seem to think they've got nothing to lose and faced with what they see is excessive brutality from the police, them or, um, or ready to use violence themselves.

  • If China trying to get this base you have, despite for it, sure, there are some critical programs, but I would say that protecting our culture is the most in Rome.

  • Thanks are you prepared to do to defend your culture?

  • I will say that followed is kind off a symbol to say that Hong Kong people started waking up.

  • We're putting hungry, very dangerous place of the column scoring, done that tourism is really going down.

  • A lot off restaurants or stops are re going down.

  • It's kind of rolled.

  • You have to be to repress right.

  • The's students will be middle aged.

  • When this 50 year handover finally ends.

  • They'll probably be thinking about their own kids.

  • Will they be on the barricades?

  • Or will China have won this long, unequal battle for the heart and soul?

  • Upon calm In the midst of this crisis, a powerful Hong Kong identity is being forged.

  • Unless something really changes, That's going to be a problem for China for years to come.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/07/02
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