Hong Kong’s Transitions, 1842–1997 by Judith M. Brown, Rosemary Foot

By Judith M. Brown, Rosemary Foot

The reversion of Hong Kong to China on 1 July 1997 is an occasion of significant historic value. This quantity examines this dramatic occasion from a long term standpoint opposed to the heritage of prior turning issues in Hong Kong's political, fiscal and social heritage. It additionally explores Hong Kong's hyperlinks with China and Britain during this final decade of colonial rule, and gives a foundation for assessing the territory's attainable destiny as part of the chinese language nation.

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Jung-Fang Tsai, Hong Kong in Chinese History (New York: Columbia University Press, 1993), p. 167. Fung, Imperial Retreat, pp. 46-7. Fung, Imperial Retreat, pp. 90-1. Wesley-Smith, Unequal Treaty, p. 151. Wesley-Smith, Unequal Treaty, p. 158. Pratt's criticisms of the taking of the New Territories were made publicly in his War and Politics in China (London:Jonathan Cape, 1943), p. 119. at, pp. 84-6. Chan, China, pp. 301-2. Chan, China, p. 311. For the shift in American thinking on colonial issues, see W.

But the Guomindang was never strong enough to push the future of Hong Kong beyond the realm of official speculation. Even in the depths of the boycott crisis, much Hong Kong Chinese opinion remained discreetly loyal. The Canton authorities were too divided and Guangdong politics too volatile to maintain a real anti-colonial momentum. The vanguard of anti-colonial nationalism in Hong Kong was the Strike Committee, whose influence depended upon the primacy of leftist factions in Canton. With Chiang Kai-shek's coup in 1926, its power was broken.

IWbert A. 5 per cent of the total revenues, and Hong Kongjust over 28 per cent; while a steady three-quarters of China Navigation Company ~rofits came from the Shanghai office between 1875 and 1910 .. 8 Even so, Hong Kong was quite firmly integrated into the pattern of rotation and advancement of Swire personnel.

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