The Lo Wu crossing station between Hong Kong & China is the busiest along the Chinese border. Thousands stride daily over the double-decker concrete walkway. Whatever their reasons for travel and whatever their thoughts, all are reminded by two large signs – one on each side – of the most important event facing Hong Kong and Southeast Asia. One sign – like a clock at a football game ticking off the last minutes of the fourth quarter – displays the number of days remaining until Hong Kong returns to China’s sovereignty on July 1 after 150 years under British control. The other sign depicts the red flag of China over a bronze bas relief of the city and proclaims – reassuringly or defiantly, depending on the viewer – “Hong Kong Will Have A More Beautiful Future.” Despite such official assurances from both sides of the border, uncertainty about the future of Hong Ko

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