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Hong Kong and the World

Ting Wai and Ellen Lai

in Contemporary Hong Kong Politics

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9789622098299
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206779 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622098299.003.0014
Hong Kong and the World

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This chapter explores the role and place of the Special Administrative Region (SAR) in the wider world. It specifically investigates the complex relationship between the theory and practice of “one country, two systems” and the external relations of Hong Kong. The chapter seeks to determine whether there is a clash of Western and Chinese civilizations concerning the future of Hong Kong. China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) poses a concrete problem for Hong Kong. It shows that there are some challenges to Hong Kong's international status, particularly since China's accession to the WTO gives it direct links into the global economy that effectively bypass Hong Kong. A China which is more receptive to globalization and understands the benefits of economic interdependence will be the best guarantee for the international status of Hong Kong.

Keywords: Hong Kong; SAR; WTO; China; global economy; globalization

Chapter.  8473 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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