Hong Kong is an autonomous territory, and former British colony, in southeastern China. With a population of over seven million, it ranks as the world's fourth most densely populated sovereign state or territory.
Hong Kong became a British colony after the First Opium War (1839–42). In the early 1980s, negotiations between the United Kingdom and China resulted in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, which paved way for the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997. Since then it has become a special administrative region (SAR) with a high degree of autonomy – at least on paper. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to Hong Kong.
After the rate hike in the USA, markets came under pressure. Especially in Hong Kong. But in Shanghai the leading indicator at the end of the trading day hardly fluctuated. While the Hongkong Monetary Authority raised the key interest rate, the Chinese Central Bank in Bejing left it unchanged.
Dressed in shark costumes, protesters marched to Maxim's Palace, a popular restaurant in Hong Kong, demanding an end to shark fin sales. Many species of shark are endangered. The restaurant said it has sharply reduced its shark fin sales volume in recent years.
Taiwan's president has offered to help China shift into democracy on the 28th anniversary of Beijing's crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square. Thousands also gathered in Hong Kong for a vigil.