Hong Kong: History
China cedes Hong Kong island to the British following the First Opium War.
China leases Hong Kong and other territories to Britain for 99 years.
Hong Kong becomes a refuge for thousands of mainland Chinese during the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War.
Japan's occupation of Hong Kong and food shortages drive many residents to flee to Mainland China. A population of 1.6 million in 1941 shrinks to 650,000 by the end of World War II.
Hong Kong experiences an economic revival fueled by light industries such as textiles.
Hong Kong's high-technology industries based economy thrives and is considered one of the region's economic standouts.
Britain and China sign a joint declaration that states that Hong Kong will be reverted to Chinese rule in 1997, but will retain its capitalist economic system and partially democratic political system for 50 years following the handover.
The Hong Kong stock market crashes.
Hong Kong is handed back to Chinese authorities after more than 150 years of British control.
China rules that its approval must be sought for any proposed changes to Hong Kong's election laws, giving China veto power on any moves towards more democracy.
The Chinese Government says it will allow the people of Hong Kong to select their own leader in 2017 and their own legislators by 2020.