A milestone marred by broken promises

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Hong Kongers mark 25 years of Chinese rule on July 1 with little to celebrate and no way to safely complain, as the Chinese Communist Party's promises that the territory could run its own affairs under "one country, two systems," with the city's freedoms preserved for at least 50 years, have all been broken. Just 25 years after the 1997 handover, Hong Kong has plummeted in global press freedom rankings, filled jails with peaceful dissenters, censored school textbooks, and taken other steps that have made the former British colony look more like the Communist mainland.


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