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Commentary on Hong Kong’s first day under Chinese flag

July 1, 1997

Commentary from Hong Kong today, the first day of Chinese sovereignty:

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``The Chinese people have never ... forgotten for a single day the humiliating state of Hong Kong and occupation, and never stopped that indomitable struggle for state sovereignty and national emancipation.″ _ Chinese President Jiang Zemin, at a celebration on the first day of Chinese rule in the former British colony.

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``Today is a momentous day for China. Today is a joyous day for all Chinese people.″ _ Hong Kong’s new Beijing-supported leader Tung Chee-hwa, at the same ceremony.

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``We washed out the old order and washed in the new.″ _ Rosemary Inglis, a businesswoman whose grandfather settled in Hong Kong.

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``We really hope the Chinese government can take good care of us, keep its promises. Things are stable here and we want them to remain stable.″ _ Dick Loo, a clothing salesman.

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``They’re not nice-looking.″ _ Li Lin, 13, on the People’s Liberation Army troops who moved into Hong Kong at dawn.

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