The role of a political interest group in democratization of China and Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China

Shiu Hing Sonny LO

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Abstract

The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China (HKASPDM) is a cross-border political interest group advocating for democratization in both mainland China and Hong Kong. It was involved in the bold rescue of mainland democrats out of the PRC shortly after the June 1989 Tiananmen crackdown; it constantly exerts pressure on the PRC government to release its political prisoners; it has been influencing the Hong Kong government on the scope and pace of democratization; it communicates with and subsidizes overseas Chinese groups supportive of democratic reforms in China; it is persistently educating the younger generations of Hong Kong and most importantly mainland visitors to Hong Kong on the 1989 Tiananmen tragedy; and its supporters have attempted to cross the border of Hong Kong to Macao to influence the policy of the Chinese government toward political prisoners. As a political interest group based in Hong Kong with cross-border influences on both the mainland and Macao, the Alliance has been making full use of the available political space and freedom of assembly in Hong Kong to achieve their ultimate objective of having a ‘democratic China’. Its existence in the HKSAR is an indication of a certain degree of political tolerance by both the Hong Kong government and Beijing, which have to be very careful of the need to maintain an image of the feasible formula of ‘one country, two systems’ in Hong Kong. Copyright © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)923-943
JournalJournal of Contemporary China
Volume22
Issue number84
Early online dateMay 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

Citation

Lo, S. S.-H. (2013, May). The role of a political interest group in democratization of China and Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China. Journal of Contemporary China, 22(84), 923-943.

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