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City expecting sparks to fly on July 1

Highlights include a 23-minute fireworks spectacle; the authorities will be on the watch for signs of unrest

The celebrations are set to be played out alongside trepidation as people have become increasingly wary of Beijing's intervention.

Hong Kong

AS Hong Kong gears up to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its July 1, 1997 handover to China this week, the city is bracing itself for two kinds of fireworks - that of an elaborate pyrotechnics display as well as potential mayhem on the streets.

The local government is...