Twenty Years After the Handover to China, Hong Kong Remains a City on the Edge | The New Yorker

Twenty Years After the Handover to China, Hong Kong Remains a City on the Edge | The New Yorkerhttp://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/twenty-years-after-the-handover-to-china-hong-kong-remains-a-city-on-the-edge?mbid=nl__daily&CNDID=50268964&mbid=nl_170701_daily&CNDID=50268964&spMailingID=11383573&spUserID=MjA0NTE2Mjc4MjE5S0&spJobID=1200069440&spReportId=MTIwMDA2OTQ0MAS2In the fall of 1989, the American consul-general in Hong Kong, Donald Anderson, asked a retired local politician to imagine the future: What might life be like after July 1, 1997, the day that Britain’s century-old lease on Hong Kong would expire and socialist China would assume sovereignty over the territory? It was possible to imagine at least two distinct futures. The trepidation that took hold after the Tiananmen Square protests has never fully dissipated.