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The Dynamics of Beijing-Hong Kong Relations

A Model for Taiwan?

Sonny Shiu-hing Lo

Publication Year: 2008

This book aims to achieve a breakthrough in relating the development of Hong Kong politics to the future of mainland China and Taiwan, it is for students, researchers, scholars, diplomats and lay people.

Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU

The Dynamics of Beijing-Hong Kong Relations - A Model for Taiwan?

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I express my gratitude to Colin Day of Hong Kong University Press for his support of my book project and to Dawn Lau for her editing work. I must also thank Patrick Kwong and Joseph Cheng for granting me the copyright permission to use the revised version of my chapter on mainlandization in Professor...


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The transfer of the sovereignty of Hong Kong from Britain to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on July 1, 1997 was a crucial experiment with the concept of “one country, two systems” designed and proposed by the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping. With Taiwan as the final target of reunification...

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1. Patron-Client Pluralism and Beijing’s Relations with Hong Kong

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pp. 7-38

The study of the political relationships between the HKSAR and its motherland, the PRC, has embraced at least several perspectives: Hong Kong’s annexation of the mainland; the clash of civilizations; Beijing’s political control over Hong Kong; bureaucratic politics; planning and coordination; and...

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2. The Mainlandization of Hong Kong

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pp. 39-80

Since Hong Kong’s return of its sovereignty from Britain to the PRC on July 1, 1997, its political development has proved to be turbulent. This chapter aims at analyzing the dynamics contributing to Hong Kong’s governing crisis. It will argue that the most significant factor leading to its governance crisis from July 1997 to March 2005 was the tension between convergence and divergence...

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3. The Politics of Judicial Autonomy

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pp. 81-108

The question of judicial autonomy of the HKSAR became heavily politicized from January 1999, when the Court of Final Appeal (CFA) made a controversial decision on the right of abode of the mainland Chinese, to June 1999 as the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (SCNPC) of the PRC was requested by the HKSAR government to interpret the Basic...

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4. The Emergence of Constitutional Conventions

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pp. 109-132

The origin of the concept of conventions can be traced back to British scholars who wrote on the relationships between law and politics. A. V. Dicey referred to conventions as customs, practices, maxims, or precepts that embraced...

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5. The Implementation of the Basic Law

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pp. 133-150

While the previous chapter has explored the evolutions of constitutional conventions in the HKSAR, this chapter is going to explore the emergent conventions governing the Beijing-HKSAR relations. By reviewing the content of the Basic Law and how it has been implemented in reality since Hong Kong’s...

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6. Identity Change from the National Security Debate to Celebrations of the Tenth Anniversary

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pp. 151-184

Bismark’s famous remark that “politics is the art of the possible” can surely be applied to the HKSAR, where the public opposition to the National Security (Legislative Provisions) Bill in 2003 gradually transformed into celebration of the tenth anniversary of the HKSAR on July 1, 2007. Indeed, the nature...

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7. The Election of the Hong Kong Deputies to the National People’s Congress

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pp. 185-198

The second election of the Hong Kong deputies to the Tenth NPC of the PRC was held on December 3, 2002 — five years after the first election had been held for the Hong Kong members of the Ninth NPC in the...

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8. A Fusion of Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong Political Cultures in the 2007 Chief Executive Election

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pp. 199-226

Since the return of Hong Kong’s sovereignty to the PRC, democratization in the HKSAR has been proceeding slowly mainly due to a serious clash of political cultures between the pro-democracy Hongkongers and ...

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9. Applying the Spirit of “One Country, Two Systems” to Taiwan’s Political Future

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pp. 227-252

As argued in the previous chapters, the content of Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems” cannot be applied to the resolution of Taiwan’s political future. The political system of the HKSAR is vastly different from that of Taiwan...

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10. Conclusion

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pp. 253-260

The innovative concept of “one country, two systems” was used by the late Chinese reformer Deng Xiaoping to tackle Hong Kong’s and Macao’s political future in the short run and to deal with Taiwan’s reunification matter in the long term. Although he passed away in 1997 and failed to witness...


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E-ISBN-13: 9789888052882
Print-ISBN-13: 9789622099081

Page Count: 344
Publication Year: 2008

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  • China -- Relations -- Taiwan.
  • Hong Kong (China) -- Politics and government -- 1997-.
  • Taiwan -- Relations -- China.
  • Central-local government relations -- China -- Hong Kong.
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