70 years of the People's Republic of China

The Big 70: As China marks milestone, two problems stand out - Taiwan and Hong Kong

Hong Kong unrest lays bare to Taiwanese the issues with 'one country, two systems'

Hong Kong's "one country, two systems" framework was originally mooted as a solution for Taiwan. But if anything, protests in Hong Kong have laid bare to the Taiwanese the problems within the framework, say experts. PHOTO: AP
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When China took back Hong Kong from the British in 1997, and Macau two years later from the Portuguese, it blotted out two major sources of national shame, bolstering a sense that the country would no longer be at the behest of foreign powers.

More than two decades later, roiled by protests, Hong Kong is in the grip of its worst political crisis since the handover.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 29, 2019, with the headline The Big 70: As China marks milestone, two problems stand out - Taiwan and Hong Kong. Subscribe