Hong Kong and the UK: Past and Future

Two decades after the Sino-British Handover of Hong Kong in 1997, the former colony has been engaged in intense democratic struggles that began with the 2014 Umbrella Movement for universal suffrage.  Yet the imminent passage of the National Security Law, to be enacted by Beijing for Hong Kong, threatens to wipe out the city’s freedom and autonomy.  Martin Lee, veteran democracy advocate, recently said: “The end of Hong Kong as we know it, as an international city, as a free port and with…freedoms protected by [an] independent court – this could well disappear.”  What can the international community do?  And what is Britain’s responsibility, if there still is any, over Hong Kong?    What will happen to the city’s opposition activists?  

Here’s a timely and illuminating conversation with Hong Kong activists, Martin Lee and Joshua Wong; China and Hong Kong experts Benedict Rogers and Steven Tsang, moderated by Hong Kong documentary scholar Mike Ingham at the occasion of the UK online premiere of Evans Chan’s documentary, We Have Boots, at the 2020 Sheffield Doc/Fest.

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