Links with the mainland

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Hong Kong Politics: Governance in The Post-1997 Era
PublisherHong Kong University Press, HKU
ISBN (Print)9789622098299
Publication statusPublished - 2007


The intricacies of the process of Hong Kong's retrocession to Chinese sovereignty are vividly reflected in the Janus-faced Hong Kong-Mainland relationship during the first decade of the post-handover period. On the one hand, one witnesses the growing intensity of economic integration, and the parallel proliferation of formal mechanisms of communication and coordination across the border. On the other hand, conflicting values and mutual distrust, particularly over issues of human rights, democracy and autonomy, have galvanised demonstrations and protests of monumental scale during the period. How could this have happened? What is wrong with the communication? And what can be done to improve it? While this chapter argues that Beijing's misguided Hong Kong policy and the indifference to social and political realities of Tung Cheehwa's administration are the major culprits in provoking this growing tension, the painful psychological adjustment of Hong Kong people may also obstruct the emergence of a cordial interaction. Although many local people still maintain a sense of superiority over Mainlanders, their sentiment is very much offset by the economic reality of growing dependence on China's economy. Such a mixed feeling may nurture some kind of social distance between people across the border. The chapter is divided into three parts. The first part provides a general overview of the extent of social and economic integration between Hong Kong and the Mainland. The second part sketches out the formal communication channels between the two administrations. It is followed by an analysis of the irony of the growing tension between Hong Kong and the Mainland in spite of the growing integration and bureaucratic exchanges. The roles of Beijing, the Tung administration and the Hong Kong people are critically examined. © Hong Kong University Press 2007. All rights reserved.

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Links with the mainland. / Yep, Ray.

Contemporary Hong Kong Politics: Governance in The Post-1997 Era. Hong Kong University Press, HKU, 2007. p. 245-264.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review