Tuesday, April 20

Is the “one country, two systems” experiment that guarantees Hong Kong’s autonomy from China coming to an end?


  • John Sudworth
  • BBC News, Beijing

Pro-China protesters wave the Chinese and Hong Kong flags during a pro-government rally on that island.

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Pro-China protesters wave the Chinese and Hong Kong flags during a pro-government rally on that island.

For nearly 24 years, Hong Kong has been something of an unwitting political laboratory, the object of an experiment focused on the defining ideological divide of our time.

Could two completely incompatible sets of values, authoritarianism and democracy, be held together in a city, if not in harmony, at least in some kind of mutual accommodation?

This was exactly what he had in mind. agreement otherwise-British of 1984, which laid the foundations for the eventual return of the territory to China in 1997.

“One country, two systems,” as this formula is known, is meant to allow Hong Kong to continue until at least 2047 with its freedom of expression, independent courts, and vibrant, albeit limited, democracy, while the new sovereign power maintains its rigid, one-party government.


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