Why does China reject Hong Kong's colonial past?

Hong Kong will deny that it was ever a British colony in new middle school textbooks. China's Communist officials maintain Hong Kong and Macao were only occupied by other countries.

It's not a new stance for China, but the action shows Beijing's resolve to impose its view of history and cultivate patriotism as it tightens its hold on Hong Kong after 2019 rallies.

New textbook: "Hong Kong has been Chinese since ancient times." After the Opium War, Hong Kong remained Chinese territory.

Hong Kong was a British colony from 1841 until 1997, except for 1941-1945 under Japanese occupation. It became a colony after the first and second Opium Wars in the 19th century.

China's Communist Party, which took power in 1949, claims it never recognized "unequal treaties" the Qing Dynasty was forced to sign after military setbacks.

In the late 20th century, when China refused to prolong the colony's lease on the New Territories, Britain negotiated with Beijing about Hong Kong's return to Chinese control.

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