Hong Kong displays a unique mix of Chinese and Western cultures, a legacy of 155 years of British colonial rule and its role as a world financial center. Following its return to mainland China in 1997, it has moved forward under the banner of “one country, two systems.” Today, though, its special status has been threatened by the overreaching hand of Beijing.


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On The Benevolent Exercise of State Power

October 03, 2014

A former aide to a late, ousted premier says Confucianism would find a happy home in a democratic state.

'The People Are Acting, And Heaven is Watching'

October 02, 2014

A former aide to a late, ousted premier speaks out in support of peaceful democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Chinese Leader Xi Caught in a Bind Over Unprecedented Hong Kong Protests

September 30, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping is caught between a rock and a hard place as protesters occupy key parts of Hong Kong in their unprecedented quest for full democracy for the former British colony.

Hong Kong Crisis Tests China's 'One Country, Two Systems' Model

September 17, 2014

Former Chinese patriarch Deng Xiaoping would be turning in his grave at the ongoing debate over Beijing's recent decision that effectively ruled out promised open elections for Hong Kong’s chief executive and lawmakers.


Protesters Gather in Hong Kong One Year After Mass Rallies

September 28, 2015

Yellow umbrellas and makeshift tents were back in central hong kong as protesters gather to mark the first anniverary of the pro-democracy movement – dubbed the umbrella revolution.

Hong Kong Police Arrest Protest Leaders, Dismantle Camps

December 11, 2014

But Umbrella Revolution demonstrators pledge to continue the struggle..

Scenes From a Revolution

October 20, 2014

RFA’s Cantonese service gathered these sights and sounds from Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution.

Police brutality video sparks outrage

October 15, 2014

The outrage followed the release of video showing Hong Kong police beating a handcuffed protester.

Hong Kong Protests Surge After Government Cancels Talks

October 10, 2014

Student leaders called for a big turnout to show that the movement still has momentum.

Tents Remain, But Protesters Are Fading in Hong Kong

October 07, 2014

Talks between student-led protesters and government officials are scheduled for Friday.

Hong Kong Occupy Movement Goes on, But Numbers Decline

October 06, 2014

Protesters will meet with government officials this week to discuss their demands for free elections.

Hong Kong Protests Continue as Government Deadline Nears

October 05, 2014

Here are sounds and images from Day 9 of the student-led Occupy movement.

Hong Kong Activists Stage ‘Peace Rally’ as Tempers Flare

October 04, 2014

The student-led protesters vow to continue the movement until their demands for free elections are met.

Clashes Hit Hong Kong’s Week-Long Occupy Movement

October 03, 2014

Student-led protesters say movement opponents are supported by Beijing.

Pictures From the Ground

Hong Kong Police Clear a Protest Site

December 12 30, 2014

After a court ruling, Hong Kong police move in to remove the Umbrella Movement’s last remaining protesters. Photos: RFA

A Protest That Wouldn't Die

October 30, 2014

More than a month into the demonstrations that have at times paralyzed parts of the city of Hong Kong, signs of support for the students asking for the right to elect their leaders are still visible in several areas of the territory. Photos: RFA

The Police Intervenes

October 13, 2014

Police take pro-democracy protesters by surprise and dismantle barricades blocking traffic after chief executive CY Leung calls the Occupy demonstrations “out of control.”

Emotions Run High

October 05, 2014

On day seven of students demonstrations, the mood turns to exhaustion but also to pride.

The Movement in Pictures

October 03, 2014

Before Oct. 3, the protests were peaceful if somewhat disorganized. But what the protesters lacked in organization they made up for in creativity.

Other Features

History of Hong Kong

October 05, 2014

From the lease of Hong Kong after the Opium War to the return of the city to China in July 1, 1997, this chronology examines the history of Hong Kong during the 99 years of British rule and the years after the handover.

The World Speaks Out

October 03, 2014

RFA’s audience and others weigh in through calls, email and social media.

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