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JANUARY 2006, NUMBER ONE


The System Works – More or Less

By Frank Ching

President Jiang Zemin, at the glittering handover ceremony in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on the night of June 30, 1997, reiterated the promises that China had made to Britain, to the international community and to the people of Hong Kong ever since the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration in 1984.

Democracy Agenda May Revive U.S. Interest in Hong Kong

By Bates Gill and Chin-Hao Huang

For much of the period since Hong Kong reverted to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, Washington's interest in that former British colony has been uneven at best and steadily lagging at worst. American concern would spike momentarily when hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators took to the streets, as was the case following the July 1, 2003 protests, but would then subside back in the direction of the view that Hong Kong is "just another Chinese city."

Hong Kong as a clue to the future China

By Michael E. DeGolyer

How far and fast is China willing to go in developing the rule of law as well as human and property rights? The United States, in particular, remains uncertain whether China is or will be an international partner or adversary. Perhaps that is why every US negotiator visiting China in 2005, including President George W. Bush, has emphasized China's need to adhere to a rules-based regime of trade and international relations.

How the Tung Government Failed the Test

By David Dodwell

For Hong Kong, the summer of 2005 will be remembered for one of Asia's most glacially slow and anticipated political upheavals - the replacement of Tung Chee Hwa as the city's first post-colonial Chief Executive.

Heading down an unsustainable path?

By Christine Loh

Hong Kong is a city of 1,100 sq km (425 sq miles) with a population of 6.85 million. Its overall environmental condition is adversely affected by activities in its immediate neighbourhood, the Pearl River Delta of Guangdong province, which has an area of over 40,000 sq km (15,500 sq miles) and a population of around 35-40 million people, including a large migrant worker pool employed in export manufacturing.

 

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