Jesuit China. Quoting: DPS7
The Pope declared China is the model for the future, he wished to see Chinese Social Score implemented everywhere.
Hong Kong is a part of China that tries to pretend that it isn't. It was never free, never won its freedom.
I do think the fears of the HK people are real. While the UK had it, a lot of people came there running from Mao Zedong's regime. They have terrible memories of the Cultural Revolution and other bad things in China. HK was a refuge.
But then HK (Kowloon at least) had only been leased to the UK, and China took it back in 1997 when that 150 year lease expired. China took back Hong Kong Island too, because without Kowloon, the island was indefensible.
China had to give up Hong Kong in 1847 due to the Opium War, where the Brits used drugs to weaken China and defeat it with its navy.
Some HK people were granted real UK passports, during the 20 or 30 years before the 1997 handover. Those were about the top 30% of the society: professionals, civil servants, wealthy business owners. The UK took who it wanted. The rest were left.
China has a lot of say in the government there even during this temporary period of a "high degree of autonomy". HK wants its freedom, sure. But it never won its freedom. It was just handed back and forth.