China is erasing its border with Inside North Korea's bubble 2 months ago   14:25

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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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Very interesting continued footage of tragedy begetting tragedy with a century inbetween.

Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm basing the below assessment on what I learnt in my first 50 years. We need to acknowledge historical facts & past wrongs in order to never allow them to occur again.

The English forced China to open their borders for trade, destroying their very soul & national identity & taking Hong Kong as a temporary spoil of war.

Hong Kongese first suffered, then over time, some gained a lot, some gained a little but on the whole, all livlihoods improved slightly before handover, only for the Hong Kongese to then suffer under a very different & extremely corrupted China than before they were seperated.

No animosity, just facts, so we can avoid this happening again.
Stockholm syndrome ?
John Wood
I've watched two of your videos about Hong Kong and both have implied that the whole of the colony was granted to the UK for 99 years. Hong Kong island was ceded to the UK in 1842 and Kowloon (following a short initial lease) in 1860, both in perpetuity. It was only the New Territories which were leased for 99 years (in 1898). The UK agreed to return the island and Kowloon along with the New Territories at the end of the 99 years in 1997, but they weren't part of the lease.
Jesse Smoot
Hong Kong is China and we stand with the comrades of Hong Kong
Freedom results to free thinkers. Chinese government doesn't invest in free minds. Maybe because it affects their strategy.
Victor Perez
Hey guys, Im in China right now and In one week Im going to Hong Kong in China. Im going to cross the border from China into China, Wish me luck.
Idiot Vox, where is your take on the F35 hahahah
Pick N Roll
But why it has to be 69?
Marco Ana Marino
People's Republic of China is not China. Taiwan is my China.
zhao lican
very funny, cuz there must be some positive views from west if the uk government have enough money to connecting the british isle and gibraltar, because they are west, and they are 'god' in this planet. they are always right.
lce p
power means everything
Mg Saw
California is a part of USA?
Ferdinand Doering
This boi is carrying Vox so hard
Kanika Kataria
Hong Kong was, is and will always be part of China. Hong Kong's future would be better served if it comes under full autonomy of China.
Dennis Liu
I am a taiwanese, I think I am quite lucky born in this free land, accordingly, I am sorry for people who are suffering under the mainland China's mean authority. Hope one day this malicious regime will be take over.
Kanika Kataria
Well China not so dependent on Hong Kong economy's as it used to be in early 90's. China should take Hong Kong under its full control why wait till 2047.
Lewis Lam
china keep polluting HK since 1997
Al Mo
I feel for people they just want Hong Kong ran by them not a single party
Their fear of what the future holds must be immense. Kinda like if socialism ever hits America. An identity lost, a scary thought, that looms in the back of your mind.
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For this episode I found myself embeded with a small community in Japan. They were born there, they speak the language. But they're not Japanese citizens, or even ethnically Japanese - they're North Korean. There's about 150,000 of them living in Japan today, and they've been there for over a century.

This community has close ties with the regime in Pyongyang, which supports them financially (and vice-versa). But more importantly, Pyongyang offers them an identity, a heritage, and cultural legitimacy - things that some elements of Japanese society work to deny them.

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