When Does The Hong Kong Agreement End

The possibility of a crackdown on civil liberties after July was reinforced when China`s National People`s Congress voted in February 1997 that BORO would not have the power to repeal laws incompatible with the ICCPR. Congress also voted to amend or repeal recent public order and security regulations introduced by Governor Patten, which liberalized Hong Kong`s previously draconian controls on political activities. Following the decision, China`s designated chief executive for Hong Kong, Tung Chee-Hwa, released a document on proposed legislative changes that would require police permission for protests and make it illegal for political organizations to accept foreign funding or support. Tung said the reforms introduced by Governor Patten had been “very unfortunate.” (24) The reason for the return to colonial controls was that they were necessary to bring Hong Kong`s legislation after 1997 into line with the Basic Law. Amid a strong backlash in Hong Kong, Tung then issued a revised bill that eased some restrictions on protests but maintained the ban on foreign support for parties, even if individuals were allowed to contribute. One of the first steps taken by the Interim Legislative Council on July 1 will be to pass laws that make it illegal to protests deemed a threat to “national security.” When Hong Kong returned from British sovereignty to Chinese sovereignty on July 1, 1997, Tsui, then a student, was worried, but her worries were allayed when things seemed almost unchanged after the past. Hong Kongers have been assured that their way of life will remain unchanged until at least 2047 under the “one country, two systems” policy guaranteed in the Sino-British joint statement. The agreement, signed in 1984, was to last until 2047. Massive anti-government protests in Hong Kong began in June 2019, when more than a million people marched to protest a law that would allow people to be extraditen to mainland China. The law was later dropped, but unrest against the government remains. The list included representatives of the Hong Kong government, members of the Legislative and Executive Council, presidents of Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation and Standard Chartered Bank, prominent businessmen such as Li Ka-shing, Pao Yue-kong and Fok Ying-tung, and Martin Lee Chu-ming and Szeto Wah. As the atmosphere of the talks warmed up, members of Hong Kong`s Legislative Council felt impatient with the long-standing secrecy on the progress of Sino-British talks on the Hong Kong issue. A motion tabled by lawmaker Roger Lobo stated: “This Council considers it imperative that all proposals for the future of Hong Kong be discussed in the council before an agreement is reached,” was passed unanimously.

[26] Note: Statistics show annual arrivals with so-called one-way permits for mainland Chinese citizens settling in Hong Kong The current stream of independent political activity in Hong Kong, as well as Governor Patten`s delayed efforts to increase popular representation in Hong Kong`s legislature, have sparked fears in Beijing`s authoritarian political establishment that the territory is a channel for dangerous ideas. St.. .