Hong Kong: The Truth Is Out
Hong Kong marked the 25th anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty with Chinese president Xi Jinping appearing in the city to witness the inauguration of the Chinese territory’s new leadership headed by John Lee. The largely indoor ceremony had been forecast to take place amid a mild tropical typhoon, but for the past three years Hong Kong has been battered by quite different kinds of storms. Xi’s visit takes place after an unprecedented period of turmoil. The first stage beginning in 2019 was characterized by a wave of initially peaceful mass protests against extradition legislation, which rapidly spiraled into violent anti-China protests. The second stage by the ongoing battle to control the Covid pandemic in the city. In my first visit since 2019, Hong Kong certainly seems becalmed.