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New textbooks in Hong Kong reinterpret history

A series of new school textbooks are designed to tell Hong Kong students that China never officially recognized Hong Kong as a British colony. The books, which are aimed at fourth-grade students, according to local reports, explain that the British enforced colonial law after the Opium Wars. China, they say, never gave up its sovereignty. The books also represent Beijing’s narrative that the 2019 protest movement was instigated by “foreign forces”.

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