Last week, David Beckham spent two days in Shanghai and Hong Kong promoting AIA, a life insurance empire for which he is the new global ambassador.
After his whirlwind tour of the two cities, the soccer star posted a video to Facebook with the caption: “Great 48 hours in China.” The video showed highlights from Beckham’s trip, complete with time-lapses of traffic and people playing soccer. But many of his followers — specifically those in Hong Kong — were not happy.
“This is Hong Kong not China. Thank you for visiting us David,” was the most-liked comment on the post. Another commenter posted “We have our own government, currency, even football team!”
He has since changed the caption of the video on Instagram and Facebook to “Great 48 hours in Shanghai and Hong Kong,” but the vein of many Hong Kongers had already been struck.
Hong Kong, a former British colony, has been governed under the principle of “one country, two systems,” since Great Britain handed power of the city over to China in 1997. China agreed to allow the territory a high level of autonomy for the next 50 years. Citizens of Hong Kong have a separate currency and are able to access information on the internet, like Facebook and Twitter, in a way that citizens of China are not.