Britain's Influence over Hong Kong's Policy, 1929–41

Gavin Ure

in Governors, Politics and The Colonial Office

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9789888083947
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9789882208667 | DOI:
Britain's Influence over Hong Kong's Policy, 1929–41

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This chapter examines how the Hong Kong government’s lack of policy formulation capacity over such a fundamental issue as currency resulted in it relying on expertise elsewhere in the form of the Chief Manager of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited and on experts in the British Treasury. It also considers how recovery of a small degree of autonomy was achieved when some capacity was eventually created to implement the British government’s desired policy over registration of mui tsai. The role of external influence was also visible in the part played by Hong Kong first Financial Secretary, Sidney Caine, in the formulation and promotion of a policy to introduce income tax.

Keywords: Hong Kong; Governors; Colonial Office; UK; Policy-making; Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation; Treasury; Mui tsai; Child servitude; Income tax; Sidney Caine

Chapter.  9661 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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