HONG Kong is uniquely both a part of, and independent to, mainland China. The history of what was once the world's busiest and wealthiest port is complicated. Is Hong Kong an independent nation? Hong Kong is semi-autonomous - with it's own money, passports, immigration channels and legal system. But it isn't quite independent either. In fact, Hong Kong was never an independent country. Britain controlled the region as a British colony until 1997, when a 99-year lease expired. China agreed to govern Hong Kong under the principle of "one country, two systems" and a deal was struck between China when Britain ceded its control. However, in recent years Hong Kong residents have become fearful of creeping mainland China control. In 2014, China's Central People's Government released a report asserting that Hong Kong's judiciary should be subordinate to, and not independent of, the government. What are the differences between Hong Kong and China? Hong Kong has its own legal system, currency … [Read more...] about What is the relationship between China and Hong Kong?