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Hong Kong marks 15 years since Chinese handover

  • Hong Kong is marking the 15th anniversary since its handover from UK to Chinese control.

    Chinese President Hu Jintao is leading the main events. He earlier swore in businessman CY Leung as the territory's new leader.

    Small groups of protesters have tried to disrupt his visit, complaining that the system used to choose Hong Kong's leader is designed to suit Beijing's choice.

    An electoral college of 1,200 business leaders and other influential citizens, mostly loyal to Beijing, chooses the leader.

    At the swearing-in ceremony, Hu reiterated Beijing's commitment to the "one country, two systems" policy whereby Hong Kong residents are allowed many more political freedoms than Chinese people on the mainland.