The Changing Relations between Hong Kong and the Mainland since 2003

Peter T.Y Cheung

in Contemporary Hong Kong Government and Politics

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9789888139477
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9789882208681 | DOI:
The Changing Relations between Hong Kong and the Mainland since 2003

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This chapter examines the changing relations between the HKSAR and the Mainland since 2003. The political forces and discontents that erupted in July 2003 have prompted the Central People's Government (CPG) to become much more interventionist in HKSAR affairs. It has stepped up its monitoring and steering of the HKSAR affairs, intensified its united front work with political, business, and community leaders, and boosted the HKSAR economy. Since 2003, the HKSAR is increasingly reliant on the economic opportunities offered by the Mainland. While the HKSAR has benefited from interactions with the Mainland, there is no consensus in the HKSAR community about how to utilize the opportunities and meet the challenges arising from the growing social and economic integration between the two areas. Whether the HKSAR can maintain its special status under “one country, two systems” and a high degree of autonomy in the future remains a key challenge for both the Hong Kong people and the CPG.

Keywords: Hong Kong; Government; Politics; Special Administrative Region; Central People’s Government; China; Economic integration

Chapter.  10048 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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