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HKSAR 20th anniversary: Xi Jinping's visit, discussion with Ronny Tong & Martin Lee & interview with Chris Patten (01 Jul 2017)


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As if you didn’t know - July 1st marks the 20th anniversary of the HKSAR. Streets and tunnel entrances have been decked out in a sea of red flags and Communist-style welcoming banners for President Xi Jinping’s three-day visit. It is Mr Xi’s first visit to Hong Kong since becoming China’s leader in 2012. Some areas of Admiralty and Wan Chai are in a state of lock down with roads closed and massive barricades erected to shield the big-wigs plus, of course, stringent security checks. With me in the studio are Ronny Tong, a new member of the Executive Council and we also have a former member of the Hong Kong Basic Law Drafting Committee, Martin Lee.

During his tenure as Hong Kong’s last governor, Chris Patten was called all sorts of names by Chinese top officials and state media. He was labeled a whore, a serpent, a tango dancer and “a sinner for a thousand years”. But to most people in Hong Kong, he was affectionately known as “Fat Pang” and remembered for his liking of egg tarts and engagement with the public. 20 years after boarding the royal yacht Britannia to leave Hong Kong, he says the city is still close to his heart. Producer Nina Loh talked to Chris Patten in London. where he recalled his five years as Governor as being his “happiest years".

The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Saturday, July 1, 2017
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