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Protecting Free TradeThe Hong Kong Paradox, 1947–97$
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Lawrence Mills

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083985

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083985.001.0001

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Beyond the World of Textiles

Beyond the World of Textiles

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(p.147) Chapter Thirteen Beyond the World of Textiles
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Protecting Free Trade
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Lawrence W. R. Mills

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083985.003.0014

This chapter examines more generally Hong Kong’s trading relations with western countries in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s in the light of its status as a developing economy. It also addresses the persistent accusations in Britain and other countries that Hong Kong was a sweat-shop economy with appalling working conditions and labour rights, which was flooding the developed world with poor-quality cheap imports.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Free trade, Protectionism, Labour rights, Sweat-shops, Developing economy

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