Hong Kong researchers caught in the middle between US and China

A man looking across the harbour towards the city skyline of Hong Kong island, on Feb 16, 2019.
A man looking across the harbour towards the city skyline of Hong Kong island, on Feb 16, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG - The year the British handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997, engineering researcher Wong Kam Fai was in an information retrieval competition held by the American National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) when he noticed a shift.

In the years prior, he had exchanged data quite freely with his counterparts in the United States. But all that ground to a halt around the time of the handover.

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