From colony to special administrative region: Issues of Hong Kong's autonomy within a centralized authoritarianistic state

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Abstract

Since Hong Kong from 1 July 1997 onwards has become an SAR of the People's Republic of China one of the key tests of Hong Kong's viability is whether the city will be able to maintain the high degree of autonomy as guaranteed by the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration. The article focusses on the details of this autonomy within the PRC's present constitutional configuration compared to the British colonial past and analyses some concerns referring to special aspects of the transition from British rule to PRC's sovereignty. The author comes to the conclusion, that Hong Kong will have to learn from the experience of its provincial/municipality counterparts on the mainland the tactics of bargaining and negotiation with the centre, for autonomy in practice "... is to be achieved and shaped on the ground, at the micro-level of day-to-day interaction". Copyright © 1998 Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-316
JournalLaw and politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America
Volume31
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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Hong Kong
autonomy
micro level
tactics
sovereignty
municipality
China
present
interaction
experience

Citation

Cheung, A. B. L. (1998). From colony to special administrative region: Issues of Hong Kong's autonomy within a centralized authoritarianistic state. Law and politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America, 31(3), 302-316.

Keywords

  • Political freedom
  • Standing committees
  • Colonial law
  • Administrative law
  • Sovereignty
  • Socialism
  • Legal declarations
  • International law
  • Jurisdiction