Hong Kong light show on ‘2047 countdown’ sparks fears over China
A new art installation displayed on Hong Kong’s tallest building is the latest expression of the city’s growing fears that its freedoms are under threat as Beijing tightens it grip.
The artwork, which runs down the sides of the harbour-front International Commerce Centre each night for around a minute, is a giant digital countdown to 2047.
That year marks the end of an agreement guaranteeing Hong Kong’s semi-autonomous status, made when Britain handed the city back to China in 1997.
Increasingly frustrated pro-democracy groups are calling for residents to have a say on what happens when the 50-year agreement lapses, with many young campaigners calling for more autonomy, self-determination, or even outright independence.
China has dismissed that notion. Read More