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While I was governor of Hong Kong, from 1992 until the handover of the city to China in 1997, I kept a diary.I suppose the Chinese authorities preferred that the project be completed when China, not the United Kingdom, was responsible for the city.China made a number of proposals that, had we not resisted them, would have allowed its army to sweep into Hong Kong well before June 30, 1997, the agreed handover date.An important test of China's reliability will play out in the next few years in Hong Kong.Despite having largely respected the agreement during the first few years after the handover – though it rather quickly started dismantling the arrangements for ensuring democratic accountability – China's grip on Hong Kong has tightened considerably.The people of Hong Kong, meanwhile, increasingly have to wonder whether China will respect their city's rights – or squeeze its windpipe.
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