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Contemporary Hong Kong Government and Politics$
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Wai-man Lam and Percy Luen-tim Lui

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139477

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139477.001.0001

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Hong Kong and the World

Hong Kong and the World

(p.349) Chapter 16 Hong Kong and the World
Contemporary Hong Kong Government and Politics

Ting Wai

Ellen Lai

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter analyses the role and place of the HKSAR in the wider world. Even though the HKSAR is now formally part of China, it remains an international city with strong links to the West. Chinese and HKSAR leaders are fully aware of the subtlety involved in maintaining the external relations and international status of the HKSAR. On this basis the status quo is largely in the interests of all key players. The chapter examines challenges to the HKSAR's international status, and notes that a major challenge is “provincialization” of the HKSAR as all major coastal cities of China seek to become more international. Nevertheless, China's accession to the World Trade Organization will benefit the HKSAR in the long run. A China that is more receptive to globalization and understands the benefits of economic interdependence is the best guarantee for the international status of Hong Kong.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Government, Politics, Special Administrative Region, International city, China, World Trade Organization

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