A firework display over celebrations at Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong on Saturday, July 1st, 2017. President Xi Jinping warned challenges to China’s rule would not be tolerated.  Photograph: Billy HC Kwok/Bloomberg

The water ran over my feet as I walked down Hong Kong’s Centre Street on June 30th, 1997, wading through the rain to the Convention Centre in Wan Cha(...)

 An activist  argues with the police during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Hong Kong marked 20 years since the handover of power over the territory from Britain to China on Saturday with a spectacular fireworks display in Vic(...)

Attack helicopters at a military base in Taoyuan County, northern Taiwan. File photograph: Military News Agency/EPA

Self-ruled Taiwan scrambled fighter jets after China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning passed through the strait of Taiwan en route to Hong Kong, where it w(...)

 Chinese president Xi Jinping and new Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam after she is sworn in during her inauguration ceremony at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre in Hong Kong, China. Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA

Exactly two decades after Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule, President Xi Jinping warned democracy advocates against crossing a “red line” and underm(...)

Hong Kong independence activists Yau Wai-ching (r) and Sixtus ‘Baggio’ Leung speak to the press after their release from the Central Police Station in Hong Kong. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

Hong Kong police have expanded their crackdown on government opponents with the arrest of nine democracy activists over a protest last November outsid(...)

Hong Kong democracy campaigner Joshua Wong (centre) stands next to recently-elected lawmaker Nathan Law  as he holds up his expulsion order from Thai authorities  upon his arrival  in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

Joshua Wong, the teenage Hong Kong student leader who helped organise the 79-day Occupy Central protests in 2014, was deported from Thailand on Wednes(...)

Hong Kong activists Alex Chow, Nathan Law and Joshua Wong talk to journalists outside a court on Wednesday. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Hong Kong government prosecutors have failed in their bid to have jail sentences imposed on three student leaders for storming government headquarters(...)

Campaigner Joshua Wong (right) greets Nathan Law as supporters share their joy at Law’s recent legislative council election victory. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong is running late for our interview at the Open University. The 19-year-old, whose youthful, open features and (...)

A demonstrator holds  up a missing person notice for Lee Bo, one of five Hong Kong booksellers from the same Mighty Current publishing house to go missing. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

Missing Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo has returned to the territory after a three-month absence, insisting everything was fine, that he had not been abd(...)

Hong Kong University students, faculty members and staff take part in a protest on Tuesday  after the university’s governing council rejected the appointment of pro-democracy professor  Johannes Chan Man-mun as a pro-vice-chancellor. Photograph: Alex Hofford/EPA

Umbrella Revolution. Occupy Central. Umbrella Movement. The protest went by many names and they were heady days a year ago, when Hong Kong felt the s(...)

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