It’s a touchy subject for many in Hong Kong, which was handed back to China in 1997 after over a century of British rule.
After some initial backlash, Beckham then tried to rectify the situation by changing his post to say: “Great 48 hours in Shanghai and Hong Kong.”
Unfortunately, this provoked anger from a whole other group of netizens, that saw his statement as anti-Chinese.
Beckham was in Hong Kong promoting insurance firm AIA, for which he’s now the new global ambassador.
His social media faux pas comes as a new wave of crackdowns on pro-democracy activists sweep Hong Kong. And with the recent election of a new chief executive that is said to be pro-Beijing, many believe that the Chinese government is tightening its grip on Hong Kong an issue that has caused increasing tension between the two regions.