China issues warning to Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners

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China has promised Hong Kong's capitalist system will remain unchanged for "at least" 50 years, but it has not clarified what happens after that.

Today, Xi will preside over the 20th-anniversary ceremony just a few meters from where the "Umbrella Movement" took place, and a speech will be given on which the future of the rebellious city is expected.

"When taken together, the more direct statements, the greater pomp, and the tighter security combined signal a significant ramping up of the intensity and boldness of Beijing's efforts to rein in [Hong Kong's] ability to function as a city that is much freer - not just slightly freer - than any mainland metropolis", he said.

Recurrent in the images are the themes of nationalism versus colonialism, justice and freedom under Beijing's control, and the color red, a symbol of good fortune and Beijing support. Hong Kong has some of the world's highest housing prices.

He went on to tell the history of the British takeover of Kowloon and the New Territories, now part of Hong Kong, after the Qing dynasty was defeated in the two Opium Wars.

Lam, speaking in Mandarin instead of the Cantonese dialect widely used in Hong Kong and southern China, said she wanted to create a harmonious society and bring down astronomical housing prices that have also sown social discord.

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He believed the new chief executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, was now entrusted with two missions - enactment of Article 23 of Hong Kong's Basic Law - which requires the city to enact its own national security law to ban treason, secession, sedition or subversion - and the launch of national education in the school curriculum.

The message comes as young activists have emerged calling for self-determination or even full independence for Hong Kong, which has infuriated Beijing.

Some protesters carried a cardboard model of a toilet picturing Leung's face on the lid and Lam's face in the bowl, covered with excrement.

While the Hong Kong Chinese also helped transform food culture in Vancouver, Yu said their arrival also bred resentment from others, including Chinese immigrants who preceded them.

"Hong Kong has developed from a small unknown fishing village into a large global metropolis, forged by the hard work of generations of Hong Kongers", he said.

But his words can not be taken at face value in light of the fact that his administration has trampled on the freedom of Hong Kong residents and their fundamental rights. A group of activists, including young pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong, were detained on Wednesday ahead of Xi's arrival after they staged a sit-in in front of an iconic sculpture of a gold Bauhinia flower - a monument to the handover.

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The remarks on Friday came a day after UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson stressed Britain's commitment to the historic Sino-Britain Joint Declaration, which gave Hong Kong rights unseen on the mainland through a "one country, two systems" agreement.

On Saturday, Hong Kong marked 20 years since the end of British colonial rule, when the Asian financial hub was handed back to mainland China.

In 2012, Xi's predecessor, Hu Jintao, made no mention of British invasion, or the 19th-century "humiliation", during his speech before Hong Kong's previous administration.

The CBC's Elaine Chau, age 6, and her brother Edmond, in the front yard of their Montreal house in 1992, the year the family moved to Canada from Hong Kong. "We support the police's law enforcement actions".

China's President urged Hong Kong to do more to increase security and boost "patriotic education".

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