Lam has said the changes are necessary for Hong Kong to uphold justice and meet its international obligations. Hong Kong was a British colony that was returned to China in 1997 under the framework of “one country, two systems. ”The agreement guaranteed Hong Kong the right to retain its own social, legal and political systems for 50 years. Beijing has made substantial efforts in recent years to integrate Hong Kong with the mainland. Last October, China opened the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge, connecting Hong Kong and Macau to the city of Zhuhai in southern Guangdong province.
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