The 19th Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day this year follows recent events viewed as a curtailment of personal liberties, with Beijing flexing influence on its special administrative region despite a pledge to maintain a "One Country, Two Systems" approach to governing Hong Kong.
Beijing's actions seem to undermine its pledge, in turn fueling pro-independence and localist sentiment in Hong Kong, with a series of recent events stoking tensions.
"China's current Hong Kong policies may contradict its broader, longer-term interests, but those concerns seem to have taken a back seat under the current political climate. The here and now is far more important," said Chong Ja Ian, a political science professor at National University of Singapore (NUS).
"They apparently view the imperative and urgency of maintaining control as trumping all these other considerations."