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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 Shaping of Post-Colonial Hong Kong: From 1983 to 1989

The Shaping of Post-Colonial Hong Kong: From 1983 to 1989

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Underground Front

Christine Loh

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter offers an explanation on the shaping of post-Colonial Hong Kong from 1983 to 1989. It starts by presenting the issue of internal reorganisation. In addition, a special kind of united front work is shown. After the Sino-British Joint Declaration was signed, Hong Kong entered into its transitional phase to Chinese rule. The most important task was to prevent any opposition to the resumption of sovereignty, and the second was to ensure Hong Kong continued to support the Mainland economically and financially. A third important task was to nurture a group of “status markers” who could populate the post-1997 political system under Chinese rule. The Basic Law drafting instructions and strategy, as well as the Basic Law Drafting Committee and Basic Law Consultative Committee are explored. Finally, the events that took place at Tiananmen Square are highlighted.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Sino-British Joint Declaration, united front work, Basic Law, Basic Law Drafting Committee, Law Consultative Committee, Tiananmen Square

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