Hong Kong is marking 25 years since the Handover from Britain to China, as Chinese leader Xi Jinping inaugurates John Lee as the city’s next chief executive.



Hong Kong 25: Did it have to end like this, after all the early optimism?

“What changed was Xi Jinping’s assumption of power in 2012, followed by a massive crackdown on political opponents and all forms of dissent on the mainland. It was naïve to believe that this gathering storm would somehow die down at the SAR’s borders,” writes Steve Vines.

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