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Meet the Journalist: Howard W. French

In 1997, under an arrangement known as One Country, Two Systems, Hong Kong was restored to Chinese sovereignty, ending longstanding British colonial rule over the city. Since a series of major protests erupted in 2014 over local opposition to perceived interference by Beijing in the city's affairs, Hong Kong has experienced near-constant tensions with China. Natives of the city have complained that Beijing has failed to live up to its pledge to allow Hong Kong's broad autonomy in self-government to continue. Far from backing down, China, fearing the growth of pro-autonomy voices and even of people advocating outright independence for the city, has sought ways to enhance its control over Hong Kong politics. This video packages what he found.