Hong Kong Democracy Hopes Kindled Decades Ago at Li Ka-Shing Dim Sum Feast

October 6, 2014 2:32 PM

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In February 1989 in the then-British colony of Hong Kong, billionaire Li Ka-shing hosted a dim-sum lunch at the Eagle’s Nest restaurant on the top floor of the now demolished Hilton Hotel on central Queen’s Road.

Present were 59 members of the drafting committee for Hong Kong’s Basic Law -- its mini-constitution: 36 mainlanders and 23 Hong Kongers, according to Martin Lee, who attended. A month earlier, the contingent from China arrived to gauge how much Hong Kongers wanted democracy, said Lee, 76, the found...

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