HONG KONG, China (The Adobo Chronicles, Hong Kong Bureau) – Hundreds of thousands of protesters continued to take to the streets demanding that Hong Kong be made an administrative region of the Philippines.
Hong Kong as we know it today was born when China’s Qing dynasty government was defeated in the First Opium War in 1842, when it ceded Hong Kong Island to Britain. … Under the principle of ‘One Country, Two Systems’, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China on 1 July 1997.
The protesters said that they have much more in common with the Philippines than with China, citing the fact that they favor Democracy over Communism. They also said that close to a quarter million Filipinos reside in Hong Kong, mostly occupying jobs as domestic workers. It is also the favorite shopping destination of many Filipinos, including former diplomats who were recently denied entry into the island.
Protesters were seen holding placards bearing the name of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is extremely popular not only in his country but across Asia and some Western countries.
No comment yet from Duterte or Chinese President Xi Jinping.