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Hong Kong, two decades after the handover

World | Associated Press | June 29, 2017, 4:25 pm
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 In this June 27, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, a photograph showing Chinese and British flags during the ceremony for the handover of Hong Kong to China on July 1, 1997, is displayed at an exhibition in Hong Kong. Two decades since Beijing took control of Hong Kong, China's rising influence – and Britain's waning profile – are impossible to ignore. (Image: AP)

In this June 27, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, a photograph showing Chinese and British flags during the ceremony for the handover of Hong Kong to China on July 1, 1997, is displayed at an exhibition in Hong Kong. Two decades since Beijing took control of Hong Kong, China's rising influence – and Britain's waning profile – are impossible to ignore. (Image: AP)

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 In this May 29, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, a Chinese national flag and a Hong Kong flag are flown at the Legislative Council, the legislature of Hong Kong. In Hong Kong's semi-democratic 70-seat Legislative Council, some lawmakers are directly elected and others represent business and professional groups, in a system that pro-democracy supporters complain lets Beijing maintain a disproportionate level of control. (Image: AP)

In this May 29, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, a Chinese national flag and a Hong Kong flag are flown at the Legislative Council, the legislature of Hong Kong. In Hong Kong's semi-democratic 70-seat Legislative Council, some lawmakers are directly elected and others represent business and professional groups, in a system that pro-democracy supporters complain lets Beijing maintain a disproportionate level of control. (Image: AP)

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 In this June 4, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, a statue of Britain's Queen Victoria is seen at Victoria Park in Hong Kong. The park near the Causeway Bay downtown shopping district has been the rallying point for the annual pro-democracy protest march and vigil to remember victims of the bloody 1989 military crackdown on protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. (Image: AP)

In this June 4, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, a statue of Britain's Queen Victoria is seen at Victoria Park in Hong Kong. The park near the Causeway Bay downtown shopping district has been the rallying point for the annual pro-democracy protest march and vigil to remember victims of the bloody 1989 military crackdown on protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. (Image: AP)

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 In this May 31, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, a Chinese national flag and a Hong Kong flag fly at the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong. Under the

In this May 31, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, a Chinese national flag and a Hong Kong flag fly at the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong. Under the "one country, two systems" principle, Hong Kong retains an independent judiciary, setting it apart from mainland China. (Image: AP)

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 In this May 31, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, the blind-folded statue of the Greek goddess of justice and law is seen on top of the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

In this May 31, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, the blind-folded statue of the Greek goddess of justice and law is seen on top of the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 In this May 31, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, people walk at Central district in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

In this May 31, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, people walk at Central district in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 In this June 4, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, a statue of the Goddess of Democracy is displayed at Hong Kong's Victoria Park ahead of a candlelight vigil for victims of the Chinese government's military crackdown nearly three decades ago on protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. (Image: AP)

In this June 4, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, a statue of the Goddess of Democracy is displayed at Hong Kong's Victoria Park ahead of a candlelight vigil for victims of the Chinese government's military crackdown nearly three decades ago on protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. (Image: AP)

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 In this June 16, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, a Chinese soldier stands guard at the Chinese People's Liberation Army Forces building in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

In this June 16, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, a Chinese soldier stands guard at the Chinese People's Liberation Army Forces building in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 In this June 4, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, tens of thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil in Victoria Park in Hong Kong for victims of the Chinese government's military crackdown nearly three decades ago on protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. (Image: AP)

In this June 4, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, tens of thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil in Victoria Park in Hong Kong for victims of the Chinese government's military crackdown nearly three decades ago on protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. (Image: AP)

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 In this June 24, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, a Chinese national flag appears on a screen to mark the 20th handover anniversary at Victoria Habor in Hong Kong. Hong Kong's famous waterfront retains its British colonial era name and was the scene of Britain's farewell from its colony. (Image: AP)

In this June 24, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, a Chinese national flag appears on a screen to mark the 20th handover anniversary at Victoria Habor in Hong Kong. Hong Kong's famous waterfront retains its British colonial era name and was the scene of Britain's farewell from its colony. (Image: AP)

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 In this June 1, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, center, speaks after lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung, also known as Long Hair threw

In this June 1, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, center, speaks after lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung, also known as Long Hair threw "hell money" during his last question-and-answer session at the legislative council in Hong Kong. Hong Kong's departing leader, Leung Chun-ying, also known as CY, is viewed by pro-democracy activists as a puppet of Beijing. (Image: AP)

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 In this May 31, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, the roots of an old banyan tree covers a wall and a plaque at Britain's King George V Memorial Park in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

In this May 31, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, the roots of an old banyan tree covers a wall and a plaque at Britain's King George V Memorial Park in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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 In this June 27, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, a Chinese national flag is flown at the the Chinese central government's Liaison Office in Hong Kong. The office is a frequent target of protests by pro-democracy supporters, who believe that officials stationed there are the real power in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

In this June 27, 2017, photo made with a tilt-shift lens, a Chinese national flag is flown at the the Chinese central government's Liaison Office in Hong Kong. The office is a frequent target of protests by pro-democracy supporters, who believe that officials stationed there are the real power in Hong Kong. (Image: AP)

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