World China Hong Kong Protests Joshua Wong Umbrella Revolution Joshua Wong found out that he had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize the same way the rest of the world did: by scrolling through the news and stumbling across his name. Wong is used to making headlines, having been billed as the mastermind of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement in 2014 when he was just 17. A dozen bipartisan lawmakers from the U.S. Congress, including Republican Senator Marco Rubio, nominated the young pro-democracy activist, now 21, and his 2014 Umbrella Movement for the Nobel Prize earlier this month. Their intention was to highlight the group’s peaceful efforts to bring political reform and self-determination to the former British colony. When Hong Kong was returned to China by the British, in 1997, Beijing touted an arrangement dubbed “One Country, Two Systems,” under which the territory would retain a degree of self-governance. The mainland promised Hong Kong universal suffrage, but two decades later, though its pseudo-democratic system does give citizens the right to vote from a list of candidates, that list is still approved by Beijing. Recommended Slideshows 76 The Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 59 The 25 Most Powerful Passports in the World 61 Every… Read full this story
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