This chapter summarizes the general context of changes in Hong Kong since 1997. It begins by emphasizing the Sino-British negotiations and the Basic Law. The relationship between Hong Kong and China, and Hong Kong's global relations are also discussed. Its global relations are particularly important with regard to Taiwan, where the Special Administrative Region (SAR) serves at least two political functions. On the one hand, Hong Kong was supposed to showcase “one country, two systems” to Taiwan. In addition, the government institutions are reported. The governing ideologies and public policy ethics are then considered. Furthermore, an overview of the chapters included in the book is provided.
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