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Introduction

Sonny Shiu-Hing Lo

in The Dynamics of Beijing-Hong Kong Relations

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099081
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207547 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099081.003.0001
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On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong's sovereignty was transferred from Britain to the People's Republic of China. This handover tested the concept of “one country, two systems”, designed and proposed by the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping. With Taiwan as the final target of the reunification with China, Deng hoped that the retrocession of Hong Kong would be smooth and would woo Taiwan to return to the PRC orbit. This book discusses the implementation of “one country, two systems” in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). It assesses the issues surrounding the mainlandization of HKSAR. The issues of the economic dependence of HKSAR in PRC, the vulnerability of HKSAR in the NPC's interpretation of the Basic Law, media-censorship, and the differences of HKSAR and PRC in terms of democratic reforms are discussed. This book aims to successfully relate the progress of Hong Kong politics to the future political relationship of China and Taiwan. By offering a broad focus on “one country, two systems” in the process of Sino-British negotiations and their trust building efforts, this book provides a paradigm from which political leaders of China and Taiwan can derive lessons to improve their political relationship.

Keywords: Hong Kong; People's Republic of China; one country, two systems; Deng Xiaoping; Taiwan; Basic Law; Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Hong Kong politics; political relationship

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