Hong Kong and the World

Ting Wai and Ellen Lai

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:
Hong Kong and the World

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This chapter analyses the role and place of the HKSAR in the wider world. Even though the HKSAR is now formally part of China, it remains an international city with strong links to the West. Chinese and HKSAR leaders are fully aware of the subtlety involved in maintaining the external relations and international status of the HKSAR. On this basis the status quo is largely in the interests of all key players. The chapter examines challenges to the HKSAR's international status, and notes that a major challenge is “provincialization” of the HKSAR as all major coastal cities of China seek to become more international. Nevertheless, China's accession to the World Trade Organization will benefit the HKSAR in the long run. A China that is more receptive to globalization and understands the benefits of economic interdependence is the best guarantee for the international status of Hong Kong.

Keywords: Hong Kong; Government; Politics; Special Administrative Region; International city; China; World Trade Organization

Chapter.  10114 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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