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The Mainlandization of Hong Kong

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/9789622099081.003.0003
The Mainlandization of Hong Kong

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On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong was returned of its sovereignty from Britain to the People's Republic of China (PRC). Since its freedom from the British reign, its political development proved to be turbulent. This chapter examines the different factors contributing to the crisis in Hong Kong's governance. Of the several factors fuelling the governance crisis in HKSAR is the existence of tension between convergence and divergence. While the concept of “one country” has been pushing Hong Kong to toward a system politically similar to PRC, the demands of maintaining the concept of “two systems” proved to be a hindrance to the policy intentions of Beijing and Hong Kong. This chapter begins with a discussion on the latter period of the Tung Chee-hwa administration. The succeeding sections tackle the theory of convergence and explore how the political and economic dimensions of convergence unfolded in Hong Kong since its devolution. In addition, the chapter discusses the mainlandization strategy of the Donald Tsang administration including the dilemmas of recolonizing Hong Kong polity, and the consequences of the Hong Kong's politico-economic convergence with mainland China.

Keywords: Hong Kong; political development; governance; Tung Chee-hwa; convergence; mainlandization strategy; Donald Tsang; mainland China

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