This book critically assesses the implementation of the "one
country, two systems" in the Hong Kong Special Administrative
Region (HKSAR) from the political, judicial, legal, economic and
The author contends that there has been a gradual process of
mainlandization of the HKSAR, meaning that Hong Kong is
increasingly economically dependent on the People's Republic of
China (PRC), politically deferent to the central government on the
scope and pace of democratic reforms, socially more patriotic
toward the motherland and more prone to media self-censorship, and
judicially more vulnerable to the interpretation of the Basic Law
by the National People's Congress.
This book aims to achieve a breakthrough in relating the
development of Hong Kong politics to the future of mainland China
and Taiwan. By broadening the focus of the "one country, two
systems" from governance to the process of Sino-British
negotiations and their thrust-building efforts, this book argues
that the diplomats from mainland China and Taiwan can learn from
the ways in which Hong Kong's political future was settled in
1982-1984. This is a book for students,
researchers, scholars, diplomats and lay people.
Subjects: Political Science
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