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NEWS: China sacks Hong Kong's leader to wreck hopes of self-rule

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posted on Mar, 2 2005 @ 08:22 PM
About 7 years ago Hong Kong rejoined China with the promise that Hong Kong would be free to run itself. But the leader of China at the time chose Tung Chee-hwa, someone who was supported by Beijing. With the resignation of Tung Chee-hwa the hopes of Hong Kong becoming a truely independent nation has died.
China's top leader, Hu Jintao, has apparently fired the unpopular Tung Chee-hwa, the first chief executive of Hong Kong, dashing hopes that the former British colony will achieve its long-promised autonomy.

Sources in Beijing say Mr Tung reportedly handed in his resignation a month ago and is expected to make a formal announcement within days, pleading ill-health. Although he was the continual target of street demonstrations in recent years, the manner of Mr Tung's departure is likely to provoke anger over the extent of Beijing's influence over Hong Kong's affairs.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

The people of Hong Kong have rallied against Tung Chee-hwa several times but still feel that he was keeping Hong Kong free from China. This does not bode well for Hong Kong and the future that the people want. Beijing may have a powerful hold over the Hong Kong government, but to make the leader step down may be to much for the people of Hong Kong to take.

[edit on 2-3-2005 by James the Lesser]

posted on Mar, 2 2005 @ 08:44 PM
you need to ask an editor to fix your link - don't try to do it yourself because your piece might get bumped down (the vote is almost in)

posted on Mar, 2 2005 @ 08:45 PM
It would be nice to set the url code for the link to something shorter.
That excessively long link makes it hard to read.

Otherwise, nicely done topic.

posted on Mar, 3 2005 @ 01:52 AM
Doesn't this go to show that the past does have an impact on the present...?
(as other people have posted on different topics "whats in the past is gone" or something along those lines.)

The British "Colonies" are still causing trouble to this day.

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