China is erasing its border with Hong Kong

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, July 25, 2018
  • The border has an expiration date.
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    With original music by Tom Fox

    When Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997, Chinese leaders agreed that Hong Kong would be able to keep its economic and political systems, including some of the civil freedoms denied to China’s citizens on the mainland, for the next 50 years.

    Although Hong Kong still has nearly 30 years of semi-autonomy left, China has started tightening its grip, and many believe it is chipping away at Hong Kong’s freedoms. In this episode, I explore how Hong Kong is dealing with the looming deadline and China’s premature moves.

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  • Vox

     (Jul 25, 2018)

    You can watch part one of Vox Borders: Hong Kong here: stay tuned for new episodes premiering every Wednesday!

  • SuperTian2010

     (Feb 8, 2019)

    The British left the European Union, and then Ireland separated from the United Kingdom, the United Kingdom is an old dog.

  • W P

     (Jan 21, 2019)

    Awesome drone !

  • TheCrude

     (Jul 25, 2018)

    The bookstore-part really hit me. The guy who appeared on chinese TV later looks like he has been tortured so badly to say these things...

  • Fordee Ho

     (5 days ago)

    look at all that british fund from their citizens is only used for aiding the people who want to divide Hongkong from China.

  • 食屎啦Taiwanese

     (Jan 14, 2019)

    At least he is alive :D

  • Keila Ean Marco

     (Jan 26, 2019)

    I'm Asian. For me, People who are living in Hong Kong are Chinese by blood but they are Hong Konger by heart. They grew up with different culture, language we should respect that. We should give them the freedom they want. It was just my opinion

  • Alan Lin

     (2 days ago)

    +yunlong ji care to point out how was I wrong?

  • yunlong ji

     (2 days ago)

    +Alan Lin your arguments regard today's China are ridiculous wrong, some of them even are the opposite. Do your own research before you leave a comment. I dont bother to reply to you in more detail, you look like an idiot who acting knowledgeable.

  • This Face Believes You

     (Jan 23, 2019)

    9:30 “Multi party systems cause government shutdowns”... meanwhile it’s day 33 of the longest government shutdown in US history. I still don’t want their system, but oh the irony to be watching this _now_

  • oldcowbb

     (3 hours ago)

    its a price worth paying

  • Penis Anthony Dublinier

     (1 day ago)

    the US does not have a multi party system. it has a two party system, everything else is semantics.countries with actual multi party systems do not have this problem, the US, again, shows how backwards it is.

  • John Shen

     (Jan 20, 2019)

    I am a Chinese, born and raised in Beijing. I witnessed Tianmen square massacre as a 6 yr old kid. That time my relatives were shocked about how gov could act like that towards its only people. Those days the whole city of Beijing, all its citizens acted as one, much like the video in HK. Many yrs later, using the propaganda, economical success and internet ban, the government managed to turn its people to soulless, money-thirst materialists who think only fools would be advocating against the party,...

  • 五毛党党委书记

     (2 hours ago)

    +John Shen 你个狗东西,一边支持国家分裂,还好意思说你爱中国?

  • MrBraveheart1191

     (6 hours ago)

    John Shen are you still alive ? 🙂

  • Backpacker One64

     (Jan 22, 2019)

    The Chinese fail to understand what makes Hong Kong _Hong Kong_ .

  • Gregory Heinz

     (Feb 11, 2019)

    +Jimy Uuik the uk can become a state if it wants.

  • Blue Davis

     (Feb 11, 2019)

    Jenny H respect diversity doesn’t mean those people can do whatever they want

  • Julia Zhou

     (Jul 30, 2018)

    I’m from mainland China and Ive never heard of this movement before in my entire life. And when I went to search this on mainland Chinese media I got nothing, literally, no result. And then I realized, the entire movement was banned from us.

  • mi lander

     (5 days ago)

    +2 1 64就一群理想派和一群美帝间谍,忽悠一群不懂事的学生搞的暴动。听说学生杀了不少军人,真是残忍。

  • Blue Davis

     (Feb 8, 2019)

    Evangelionification 97金融危机也是大陆的错?你搞笑吧

  • 945nairb

     (Feb 6, 2019)

    As someone who was born in Hong Kong, and grew up in the US, I will always identify myself as a Hong Konger. Like many of the comments below, the history and culture of Hong Kong is what makes it special. Many don't want to lose our identities just be merged into another group. We're unique and proud of it. We deserve the rights and freedoms granted.

  • 五毛党党委书记

     (2 hours ago)

    Yes of course. The history of Hong Kong being raped by the British makes it special. You are not unique in this aspect, but sure go ahead and be proud of it.

  • Kelvin

     (Jan 13, 2019)

    As a mainland Chinese, I would like to say the power is powerful, getting into it and twisting it from the inside. Fight for democracy!

  • The Meme Master

     (Feb 10, 2019)

    How are you watching Youtube in Chin..... Oh wait VPN

  • 난푸른이다

     (Jan 21, 2019)

    When I see Hong Kong, I think there are many similarities with Korea where I live. When former President Chun Doo-hwan tried to communize South Korea in the 1980s, people protested against communism. During the demonstration, soldiers stabbed people with dagger in their guns, including tear gas, and killed them using attack helicopters. However, even in this situation, the Korean people were able to protect democracy, and now our descendants live a life of democracy. Hong Kong should never be commun...

  • Dan

     (17 hours ago)

    If the population was armed, the government wouldn't even try.


     (1 day ago)

    Gregory Heinz that’s different. Trumps a celebrity and a businessman, not an *actual* politician. Celebrities get tributes to them all the time, no matter who they are.