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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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Reunification and Fashioning a New Political Order: From 1997 to 2009

Reunification and Fashioning a New Political Order: From 1997 to 2009

(p.198) (p.199) 10 Reunification and Fashioning a New Political Order: From 1997 to 2009
Underground Front

Christine Loh

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter covers the period from 1997 to 2009—the sixth phase, as well as the start of the seventh phase. It specifically offers a substantive discussion about the merits of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) operating openly in the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong (HKSAR). It also shows that Donald Tsang continues the struggle although from the CCP's perspective, Hong Kong is being tamed and a new political order under Chinese sovereignty is being shaped. It begins by discussing the Mainland institutions and Hong Kong. The requirements for the new political order in Hong Kong are given. One of the roles of Xinhua Hong Kong (and then the Liaison Office as its successor) was to influence the media. Moreover, after the protest, the CCP proceeded on several fronts to prepare to take on a more active role in Hong Kong affairs. Furthermore, the 2008 Legislative Council election is described. The CCP is likely to conclude that it has basically achieved what it set out to do in 1983 in order to build the united front, win the propaganda war, assert sovereignty, and take power peacefully in 1997.

Keywords:   Chinese Communist Party, Special Administrative Region, Xinhua Hong Kong, Liaison Office, 2008 Legislative Council election, political order, media

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