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Li Xueying, Hong Kong Correspondent

Beijing tightens grip on Hong Kong

Published on Jun 16, 2014 12:13 PM
Street signs in Mongkok, Hong Kong. -- PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

For those in doubt of China's generosity towards Hong Kong, here are some statistics.

As of the end of last year, 95 per cent of live pigs, 100 per cent of live cattle, 33 per cent of live chicken, 100 per cent of freshwater fish, 90 per cent of vegetables and 70 per cent of flour consumed by Hong Kongers were supplied by the mainland.

And then there were those long bleak days in 2003, when the Sars epidemic struck, fear settled over the city and Beijing "promptly lent a helping hand", providing free medical supplies even as Chinese leaders visited hospitals to console victims.

The details are among many painstakingly laid out in a White Paper - the first ever on the one country, two systems framework that has governed China's relationship with Hong Kong in the past 17 years - heralding the model a "widely recognised success".

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