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Underground FrontThe Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong$
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Christine Loh

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028948

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028948.001.0001

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The Chinese Communist Party Tools of Co-optation and Persuasion

The Chinese Communist Party Tools of Co-optation and Persuasion

(p.26) (p.27) 2 The Chinese Communist Party Tools of Co-optation and Persuasion
Underground Front

Christine Loh

Hong Kong University Press

A co-optation strategy aims to bring as many people on side as possible, and coupled with propaganda, these have always been, and remain, the essential hand-in-glove tools to win the “hearts and minds” of the Hong Kong community throughout much of the time that the party has been active there. The success of the united front in Hong Kong during the transition years was helped by the certainty that China was going to resume sovereignty in 1997. United front work is about building personal relationships with a large group of nonparty folks. There has also been a long tradition of appointing Hong Kong people to Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and the National People's Congress as part of China's political co-optation strategy. In addition, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-style persuasion is discussed in detail. The CCP published a Practical Manual for Party Propaganda Work that provides a fascinating look at how the party sees an essential part of its work today. Its principles are applied throughout the party's propaganda work, and thus are also relevant to how it is done in Hong Kong.

Keywords:   Chinese Communist Party, co-optation strategy, persuasion, Hong Kong, China, Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, National People's Congress

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