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PACIFIC NOTES

From Times Wire Services

Hong Kong marked 150 years of British rule Friday without fanfare, aware that it returns to Chinese rule in less than seven years.

The colony’s Chinese-language newspapers barely mentioned the anniversary, apart from a historic account of the territory’s early colonial rule published in the independent Ming Pao Daily News.

But the two English-language papers, the Hongkong Standard and the South China Morning Post, turned out a special 16-page supplement on Hong Kong’s history to mark the occasion.

Hong Kong government spokesman Mark Pinkstone said there had been talks about staging a festival to mark the anniversary, but it was decided the money could be better used elsewhere.

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