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"IN THE past ten years, we have come no closer to democracy... in fact, full democracy seems even more remote than it did ten years ago."
CHINESE leader Hu Jintao inspected troops in Hong Kong yesterday as a weekend of celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the handover from British colonial rule got underway.
DRESSED in an olive green uniform, Chinese leader Hu Jintao inspected a long row of troops gripping rifles in Hong Kong yesterday as the former British colony prepared to mark the 10th anniversary of its return to China.
AS HONG Kong marks the tenth anniversary of its handover to Chinese rule on a rain-swept night in 1997, many agree the city's new masters have largely kept their word - and the status quo.
QUEEN'S Pier is a simple building, a few short columns and a low roof next to Hong Kong's harbour, designed and built after the Second World War for official events such as the arrival of colonial governors.
HONG Kong's leader, Donald Tsang, who has promised a timetable for full democracy, won a second term yesterday, defeating opponent Alan Leong by 649 votes to 123 in the election committee.
DEMOCRACY supporters in Hong Kong said yesterday they had won enough seats on a government committee to put a candidate on Hong Kong's leadership election for the first time since the British colony returned to Chinese rule.
A BRITISH man was sentenced to 21 days in jail on Wednesday for dressing up as Spider-Man and scaling a giant TV screen in Hong Kong to protest Beijing's bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.
THE Hong Kong government today offered concessions on its unpopular election reform package ahead of a crucial vote in the legislature, but pro-democracy legislators denounced the changes as insufficient.
PRESSURE is mounting on Hong Kong and Beijing leaders for full democracy in the Chinese territory after tens of thousands joined a mass protest.
TENS of thousands of people marched through the streets of Hong Kong yesterday to protest against the slow pace of democratic reforms, intensifying pressure on the government to move towards full democracy.
HONG KONG'S pro-democracy lawmakers today accepted an invitation by Beijing to attend a meeting with senior Chinese officials ahead of a major democracy protest.
A BRITON has been convicted of disorderly conduct and causing a public nuisance for running on to a Hong Kong race track dressed as a horse, to urge full democracy in the Chinese territory.
HONG Kong's pro-democracy MPs crossed the border into mainland China yesterday for an unprecedented visit that may signal a new strategy by Beijing that could see it stop snubbing politicians once branded traitors to the motherland.
IN A surreal marriage of East and West, Mickey and Minnie Mouse will today dance on stage alongside Asian pop stars and the normally stern-faced Chinese vice-president, Zeng Qinghong, as Disney cuts the ribbon on its first theme park in China.
CHEN Shui-bian, Taiwan's president, lashed out at Hong Kong yesterday on the eve of the former British colony's celebration of its return to Chinese rule eight years ago.
DONALD Tsang, a veteran civil servant, effectively won Hong Kong's leadership race yesterday, filing papers that showed he had the solid backing of the election committee which picks the Chinese territory's leaders.
DONALD TSANG has effectively won the race to lead Hong Kong.