How Hong Kong Changed Countries

  • Published: 19 February 2019
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Comments • 7 501

  • Wendover Productions
    Wendover Productions   9 months back

    Hey all, in case you don't know already, the numbers in the bottom, left corner of the video correspond to the sources of information at the bottom of the description. Many of those are good further reading on the topic.

    Also, I just want to acknowledge one small narration slip-up. At 7:14 I say, "What was known was that the event would be centered around midnight on the night of July 30th, 1997." That should be *June* 30th, 1997.

    • Common_C3nts
      Common_C3nts  10 hours back

      The UK screwed their citizens by giving them to the corrupt PRC illegally occupying china

    • Frank Smith
      Frank Smith  3 weeks back

      wow this is so awesome received $15000 cash from royaltyhackers,com

    • fadzil hashim
      fadzil hashim  2 months back

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    • Locutus
      Locutus  2 months back

      @Xan Melton It's something that would have taken a couple of months to plan, and create, so I doubt it was your suggestion that made this video happen! :)

  • Kwan Linus
    Kwan Linus  1 days back

    2:30 that no longer exists now.

    • YourSinisterDoge 27
      YourSinisterDoge 27  3 days back

      I really thought China would replace "royal" with "The people's"

      • Aidentamgamer
        Aidentamgamer  4 days back

        Proud to be a Hong Konger

        • Dylan Shramko
          Dylan Shramko  6 days back

          9:18 you found a way to mention planes, of course you did\

          • scarvasa
            scarvasa  1 weeks back

            China kick brits ass. Better dead than brits subject

            • Vivian Tristesse
              Vivian Tristesse  1 weeks back

              Is the reason that this is not on Polymatter because you’re affirming Honk Kong as separate from China?

              • R1B3Y3
                R1B3Y3  1 weeks back

                Considering how China has been treating Hong Kong over the last few weeks I'd say they are well ahead of schedule in training the residents what being Chinese citizens will be like.

                • Eleeth Tahgra
                  Eleeth Tahgra  1 weeks back

                  How has china been treating hongkong over these last few weeks?

              • seranordie
                seranordie  1 weeks back

                i cried

                • hey i just commented
                  hey i just commented  2 weeks back

                  and how did things turn out

                  • i-pig
                    i-pig  2 weeks back

                    Dashlane! The same powers as a note boom

                    • Edmund Bloxam
                      Edmund Bloxam  2 weeks back

                      2047 ain't all that long in the grand scheme of things. Then Hong Kong is truly fucked.

                      • Project_Sammy
                        Project_Sammy  2 weeks back

                        Today, many hong kongers miss British rule. XD

                        • 750SonyP
                          750SonyP  2 weeks back

                          What if the British gave Hong Kong to Taiwan?

                          • DestherCZE
                            DestherCZE  2 weeks back

                            Hong Kong freedom is now basically gone. Sad.

                            • Bugatti Boss
                              Bugatti Boss  2 weeks back

                              Hong Kong was not a democracy under British rule

                            • PCthesecond
                              PCthesecond  2 weeks back

                              Britain wasn't gone for good. My mate went there last year on his cruise ship work XP

                              • Ignis Firmus 21M
                                Ignis Firmus 21M  3 weeks back

                                I was getting nervous as the video progressed. For some reason, I was expecting some assassination or fraud to happen.

                                • TriniCrew
                                  TriniCrew  3 weeks back

                                  The British fucked up, they should have never given back Hong Kong to China, China is going to fucking ruin Hong Konger's way of life.

                                  • TriniCrew
                                    TriniCrew  3 weeks back

                                    The British fucked up, they should have never given back Hong Kong to China, China is going to fucking ruin Hong Konger's way of life.

                                    • TZY RTM
                                      TZY RTM  3 weeks back

                                      It’s the union flag you uncultured cunt it’s only the “Union Jack” when it’s at sea

                                      • Kim Jong-un
                                        Kim Jong-un  3 weeks back

                                        Rip Hong Kong

                                        • Pegasus
                                          Pegasus  3 weeks back

                                          The U.K. will pay for what it did to China, Cyprus, Australia, etc.

                                        • Uncle Sam
                                          Uncle Sam  3 weeks back

                                          I’ve visited both Hong Kong and Macau.

                                          And I’ll tell you this, I’m firm in my belief that Hong Kong will never truly be Chinese. Of course I visited before all this fuss going on right now, but it was quite easy to understand and experience the massive British influence in the city. And that will never truly go away. As for Macau, it isn’t as integrated to its European colonist (Portugal) as Hong Kong is with Britain. And I guess that Macau is more or less a part of China nowadays. Minor self governing is still present, but not at all on the same scale as in Hong Kong.

                                          Although the Grand Lisboa and the Galaxy Casino were truly majestic in all senses. And I’m an American that has visited Vegas and Atlantic City at least ten times.

                                          • Lee Hong Jin
                                            Lee Hong Jin  3 weeks back

                                            Well yes there is British influence in HK even today, what China can do to change entire populations is to basically flood other neighbouring countries with their own people to destroy local culture.

                                            I am Singaporean and I am proud of it. I absolutely hate it when people say that china is the "motherland".
                                            I don't owe china anything!

                                        • Sebastian Brooks-Baker
                                          Sebastian Brooks-Baker  3 weeks back

                                          Should’ve given it to Taiwan.

                                          • Frank Smith
                                            Frank Smith  3 weeks back

                                            wow this is so awesome received $15000 cash from royaltyhackers,com

                                            • Frank Smith
                                              Frank Smith  3 weeks back

                                              this is so great, royaltyhackers,com sent me $15000 in my paypal, i am grateful

                                              • STARTGaming
                                                STARTGaming  3 weeks back

                                                Free hong Kong, fuck you China I also want to say that I feel America should give up some of its territories but w/e

                                                • randomhitler Rants
                                                  randomhitler Rants  3 weeks back

                                                  光復香港,時代革命。Glory to Hong Kong, the revolution of our times.

                                                  • Rishi Gunness
                                                    Rishi Gunness  4 weeks back

                                                    At 11:50 there was no compromise the UK got what it wanted and chine sucked it as far as flags went

                                                    • M H
                                                      M H  4 weeks back

                                                      These guys man, really good at nitpicking.

                                                      • Jackson Mulligan
                                                        Jackson Mulligan  4 weeks back

                                                        China bad #freehk🇭🇰🇭🇰🇭🇰🇭🇰🇭🇰

                                                        • Ultra Screens
                                                          Ultra Screens  4 weeks back

                                                          Look forward to this happening in Ireland 🇮🇪

                                                          • mamborambo
                                                            mamborambo  4 weeks back

                                                            Looking back at the handover from the HK protest, it is shocking how naive the British were and trusted the cunning Chinese to keep their words. Can we void the handover contract and just take back HK? It will solve the political impasse in HK today, and give millions of people hope for the future again.

                                                            • FaiBroadcastChannel
                                                              FaiBroadcastChannel  4 weeks back

                                                              U raised me up, and my parents destroy me

                                                              • Dharsh Srinath
                                                                Dharsh Srinath  4 weeks back

                                                                9:51 yeah right

                                                                • Dharsh Srinath
                                                                  Dharsh Srinath  4 weeks back

                                                                  Backwards Hong Kong flag, totally not controversial.

                                                                  • Rajdeep Pawaskar
                                                                    Rajdeep Pawaskar  4 weeks back

                                                                    But, how EXACTLY did Hong Kong change countries??🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

                                                                    • Herbert Zhou
                                                                      Herbert Zhou  4 weeks back

                                                                      You stupid hostess! You knows shits about HK. Just eat your curry.

                                                                      • Matthew Ward
                                                                        Matthew Ward  4 weeks back

                                                                        Can we have it back?

                                                                        • Irredeemable
                                                                          Irredeemable  4 weeks back

                                                                          Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time

                                                                          • hackman669
                                                                            hackman669  5 days back

                                                                            Learn from India. Use the mass media and the internet to your advantage while documenting the protests. Passive resistance is the best method as the world watches.

                                                                        • OnionBoy
                                                                          OnionBoy  4 weeks back

                                                                          With the political tensions currently, I bet they weighed they stayed part of the UK

                                                                          • Urban Meadows
                                                                            Urban Meadows  1 months back

                                                                            God Save the Queen ♔

                                                                            • Cardmaster12
                                                                              Cardmaster12  1 months back


                                                                              • Riley Wagner
                                                                                Riley Wagner  1 months back

                                                                                Honestly one of your best videos

                                                                                • Strong Independent Black Woman Who Need No Man

                                                                                  China is planning to build reeducation camps in hong kong

                                                                                  • Johnson Yuen
                                                                                    Johnson Yuen  1 months back

                                                                                    I posted below my complaints re my horrible, unfair, life and privacy abused, the harmful matters in public comment section of different channels and also sent these complaints to Lawyer Alvin Yeung email contact for seeking his legal help but I have not had any response from him re my legal help wanted! I really hope there are helpful good lawyer and reasonable judge in fighting for protecting me my life, the reasonableness, fairness and legally justifiable human rights! I went to police station in Chinatown Toronto to charge my father Yuen Wing Pui and my younger sister Margaret Yuen Ah See (both are Canadians and Hong Kongers) against them illegally taking my wealth without my consent! The policemen they were impolite at all and did not respect me as a citizen in Canada re my complaints against these criminal offenders who stole my wealth, abused my life, privacy and freedom of human rights, harmed my living and life seriously! This was the second times I complained the thefts their bad personalities but ignoring by bad policemen in Canada again! The policeman J Liang in Toronto also told me that this was not a criminal case even though my wealth was stolen! I was even charged to enter the police station premises (with a notice of offence ticket number 7670051B) the policeman station at 255 Dundas St West to make this complaint re my wealth stolen! I of course must not plead guilty to such offence slandering me. I am wondering what is the Canadian their sociology common grounds in abusing and stealing my wealth/my life/my living but not regarding these as criminal impacts in seriously affecting my life issue! I was also cheated, misled by fault documents the bad women their misconducts in insurance and real estate brokerage businesses in Hong Kong too! What such these shameful greedy people who made me to feel disgusted and miserable! I also made these complaints to my cousin who is a policeman in Hong Kong but Chan Cheuk Lun (my police cousin) told me this is not a criminal case even though my wealth was stolen and the policemen are not handling this non criminal case! I am wondering what is the legal safety protection against such shameful bad personalities! I was also fired by PwC (Tim Leung the tax partner of PwC) suddenly without giving me any prior warning notice, bad work comment, job or whatever duty or conduct mistakes warning, I was in fact interfered by such old ugly elderly bald man Tax Partner Tim Leung with his wicked and bad abusing attitudes but rejected by me. In addition, I was also slandered by Ray Hung Heung Yeung the hairdresser in Hair Corner who fought me to hurt me twice in Central and defamed me I had stolen his mobile phone! I was also slandered by the bad old man security (Haircorner building entrance security in Central) to make his finger hurt but I had not done so! I need good human protection legal experts to protect me and seek compensation for me re all my lost and hurtful experience made by such bad shameful people as the most fair retributions to them and against them for their bad shameful personalities! I am very frustrated and feel disgusted always with such similar shameful smelly "shitingzens" in my life! Too long Too long too much my illness from such bullying smelly cheaters of either gender in making my life harm matters! The lower level, lower grade, lower strengths, lower competitiveness, the lower intelligence, the lower prior education/ professional qualification, worse intelligence, the brainless, the abasement and jealous hatred people, exaggerated shamefulness, bad, fake, greedy, jealous hatred attitudes/bad minds/bad intentions/bad characters are not only wicked but also the most ugliest and terrifying smelly types of the totally unacceptable typical cohesion origin of whoever and wherever! What the shameful nation's bad people! No any response from Alvin Yeung to my personal legal impacts I am seeking help and consultation, what the low and bad standard of legal expert a "so-called" good professional attribute! I am not feeling any curiosity why a judge candidate from legal sector was not elected by the "smelling shitingzens" as a Chief Executive Officer in Hong Kong Special "Inhuman" Administration Region when handing over in 1997! Democracy!?demons crazy must be the true and more correct statement re the Hong Kong shitingzens their bad rationales bad characters and bad personalities of typical Chinese cohesion! Appearance Education Personalities Attitudes - "shameful low bad disgusting" these 4 words are most close and accurate adjective to these such "people" they admitting themselves as their exaggerated "human" standard. paying tax or making benefits to the bad civil servants/bad people for any bad matters by such bad people are ridiculous! Only the ugly women or elderly women assuming yourself / themselves as "Pretty" country flower flag must have been insulting the country yourself / themselves without admitting themselves / yourself the old, wicked and ugly mental desperate disorder the disgusted factors. Their / your jealous hatred of better attractive features better look better education better profiles whatever better features are shameful without admitting yourself / themselves any ashamed "low qualities"! The intelligent people must know better why there are jealous hatred people and their related bad conducts / bad minds! Shameful individuals or the cohesion of such are ridiculous! As to disasters makers, I don't think there are only cruel Japanese in respect of their previous war attack in China, but also the unfair treaty by British under bad woman emperor in Qing dynasty in China, bad people gangs for cultural revolution in China, bad American worldwide financial crisis made, 911 disasters made, bad people for their bad, greedy, jealous hatred, unfair/discrimination/bullying/insulting treatments to me as gay (though there are also gays discrimination/jealous hatred in gay circle among gays as there are also plenty low quality standard bad personality gays), bad women their or your jealous hatred to boys since their birth advantages,bad men their greedy and bad treatment to women and gays for men their benefits taking, dumping for their greedy and insulting purposes as their betrayer characteristic, bad women greedy, harmful, bullying against me as gay, bad people greedy for wealth / their jealous hatred bad personality for any harmful matters made even creating lives harm while concealing their bad personalities themselves by defamation or any concealing excuses! whatever bad terrible inhuman histories, news, and my live / life experiences are all real true and completely wholly absolutely definitely certainly fully purely correct! People are ugly and shameful! If men assuming themselves as a country flag and I hope there are REAL "good-looking good education good men" without jealous hatred bad characteristic by whatever downgrading degrading and any bullshit shameful conduct or mind to either gender and sexual orientation matters but adoring real strength adorable measurements without cheating/bullying and jealous hatred bad shameful characters!

                                                                                    • Fyropyro420
                                                                                      Fyropyro420  1 months back

                                                                                      I thought Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula was in perpetuity while the surrounding areas were 99 years at the time of the agreement?