For 150 years as a British colony, Hong Kong was a beacon of prosperity and freedom. When the territory was handed over to China in 1997, the Communist Party promised that Hong Kong would remain highly autonomous for fifty years. But as the halfway mark approaches in 2022, it is clear that China has not kept its word to govern under the principle of ‘one country, two systems’. Today Hong Kong, Tomorrow the World tells the complete story of how a city once famed for peaceful protests became a place where police have fired more than 10,000 rounds of tear gas, rubber bullets and even live ammunition at their neighbours, while pro-government hooligans attack demonstrators in the streets. A Hong Kong resident from 1992 to 2021, Mark L. Clifford has witnessed this transformation first-hand and has unrivalled access to the full range of the city’s society, from student protestors to aristocrats and senior government officials. A powerful and dramatic mix of history and on-the-ground reporting, this book is the definitive account of one of the most important geopolitical standoffs of our time.