The Chinese Communist Party inHong Kong — Time to “Come Out”?

Christine Loh

in Underground Front

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028948
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207653 | DOI:
The Chinese Communist Party inHong Kong — Time to “Come Out”?

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The story of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Hong Kong is the tale of how the party dealt with the contradiction of communism in Hong Kong. From the time of the birth of the CCP, Hong Kong served as a very useful and fairly secure haven for party members and friends to stage revolutionary and political activities, including communications, propaganda, united front activities, fundraising, and intelligence gathering. Hong Kong was also a good place for the Mainland in terms of trade, loans, investments, and gifts from compatriots. In addition, the story of the CCP in Hong Kong can be said to have six distinct phases since 1921, when the party was established on the Mainland. The two interwoven issues, namely dealing with capitalism and managing elections, are considered. Despite there being still many challenges for the CCP to bring the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong (HKSAR) fully into the fold, a new political order has emerged in Hong Kong, which carries with it a different set of regime values from those prior to 1997.

Keywords: Chinese Communist Party; Hong Kong; Special Administrative Region; capitalism; elections; political order; party

Chapter.  7302 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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