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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 Taking Back of Hong Kong: From 1977 to 1984

The Taking Back of Hong Kong: From 1977 to 1984

(p.124) (p.125) 7 The Taking Back of Hong Kong: From 1977 to 1984
Underground Front

Christine Loh

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter deals with the shaping of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s policy on the taking back of Hong Kong and the party's strategies to win hearts and minds of the Hong Kong community during the negotiations period. In the months before the Sino-British Joint Declaration was concluded, the CCP's united front efforts focused on cultivating community support for the Chinese position although the people of Hong Kong were firmly shut out of the negotiation process. The chapter begins by reviving the issue of CCP work in Hong Kong. There are two major themes running through modern Chinese history: foreign occupation of Chinese territories and the lack of international respect. Margaret Thatcher's visit to Beijing in September is discussed. Furthermore, the events surrounding the Sino-British negotiations over the future of the territory and its people was having a politicising effect that would change Hong Kong forever.

Keywords:   Chinese Communist Party, Hong Kong, Sino-British Joint Declaration, modern Chinese history, Sino-British negotiations, Margaret Thatcher, Beijing

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