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Soccer fans holding a Chinese national flag at a match. Photo: China Stringer Network.
Soccer fans holding a Chinese national flag at a match. Photo: China Stringer Network.

Hong Kong schools to get grants to promote Chinese history

Secondary schools will receive a US$28,500 one-off payment to promote the subject among students, amid rising calls for independence from China

January 17, 2017 5:47 PM (UTC+8)

The Hong Kong government will offer a one-off grant of HK$200,000 (US$ 25,800) to every secondary school to promote Chinese history and culture, local news channel now TV reported on Monday.

City leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, is expected to announce the measure in his Policy Address, a blueprint on Hong Kong’s development, on Wednesday, as he ends his five-year term in June this year.

The Asian financial hub has seen an increasing number of people advocating for independence from China in recent years, with two activists who campaigned on this platform elected into the Legislative Council.

The activists, Sixtus  “Baggio” Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching, have been barred from taking office.

The British handed back Hong Kong back to Chinese rule in 1997 under a special arrangement of “one country, two systems.”

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