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1997-10, Scott 2775 The Return of Hong Kong to Her Motherland
The Sino-British Joint Declaration
(2-1), The Sino-British Joint Declaration, 50 fen, 50*30mm
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The Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region of the People's Republic of China
(2-2), The Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region of the People's Republic of China, 150 fen, 50*30mm
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The Return of Hong Kong to Her Motherland
(1-1), The Return of Hong Kong to Her Motherland, 800 fen, 140*95mm/ 60*50mm
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The Return of Hong Kong to Her Motherland
(1-2), The Return of Hong Kong to Her Motherland, 5000 fen, 140*95mm/ 60*50 mm
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Technical details
Scott No: 2775
Serial number: 1997-10
Values in set: 2
Date of issue: Ren Yu; Wang Huming
Designers: July 1,1997
Size: 50*30mm
Size of the S/S stamps: 60*50mm
Size of S/S: 140*95mm
Perforation: 12
Sheet composition: 50
Printing process: offset
Themes: Cities, History,
Background
The editorial says: "At zero hour (Beijing time) on July 1, 1997, the whole world listened attentively to the solemn bell tolls sounding in the East." "The tolls, which reverberated around the whole world, earnestly announced the time has come for the government of the People's Republic of China to resume exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong! And that it is the right time for the Chinese nation to wipe out the disgrace of the past more than 150 years and feel proud and elated!" the editorial says.

With the conclusion of the handover ceremony between the Chinese and British governments and the announcement of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the long-awaited dream of the Chinese nation and the long-cherished wish of generations for Hong Kong's return is fulfilled, it continues.

For the day to come, the Chinese Government, in its quest for national unity as well as the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong, put forward the proposal of "one country , two systems." The proposal has provided practical means to solve the issues of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao, and for the eventual reunification of the country. Practice has showed the principles of "one country, two systems" and "Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong" are in the best interests of the Hong Kong people, and they have gained wide support from people in Hong Kong and China's inland
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