One Hong Kong, two sentiments after 20 years of Chinese rule

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One Hong Kong, two sentiments after 20 years of Chinese rule
One Hong Kong, two sentiments after 20 years of Chinese rule

HONG KONG (AP) – Hong Kong is planning a big party as it marks 20 years under Chinese rule. But many people in the former British colony are not in the mood to celebrate.

Fireworks, a gala variety show and Chinese military displays are among the official events planned to coincide with a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping starting Thursday for the occasion.

Under the surface, tensions are simmering as Hong Kongers, especially the young, chafe at life under the tightening grip of China’s Communist leaders.

They tick off a list of concerning incidents: the secret detentions of five booksellers; the flood of mainland money buying local property; the Chinese immigration officers working in a rail station under construction and the local branch of Beijing’s Palace Museum set up without public consultation.

In this June 24, 2017 photo, an electronic monitor shows the China national flags outside a shopping center in Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong handover to China. Hong Kong is planning a big party as it marks 20 years under Chinese rule. But many people in the former British colony are not in the mood to celebrate. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
In this June 23, 2017 photo, an electronic monitor shows the China national flags outside a shopping center in Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong handover to China. Hong Kong is planning a big party as it marks 20 years under Chinese rule. But many people in the former British colony are not in the mood to celebrate. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
In this June 23, 2017 photo, electronic monitors show the China national flags outside a shopping center in Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong handover to China. Hong Kong is planning a big party as it marks 20 years under Chinese rule. But many people in the former British colony are not in the mood to celebrate. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
In this June 23, 2017 photo, a couple hug at the waterfront of Victoria Harbor of Hong Kong. Hong Kong is planning a big party as it marks 20 years under Chinese rule. But many people in the former British colony are not in the mood to celebrate. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
In this March 2, 2017 photo, a man carrying a child walks past a British flag in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is planning a big party as it marks 20 years under Chinese rule. But many people in the former British colony are not in the mood to celebrate. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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