Lost in China? Mainlandisation and Resistance in post-1997 Hong Kong

Carol Jones

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The ‘One Country, Two System’ formula under which Hong Kong was reunified
with China in 1997 was heralded as a blueprint for Taiwan’s reintegration with the
Mainland. However, Hong Kongers now complain of ‘Mainlandisation’, i.e. (1) the
HKSAR’s increased economic dependence upon the PRC; (2) the undermining of
its core freedoms, rights and values, and interference with the rule of law; (3) the
subordination of its culture; (4) the weakening of its political institutions; and (5) the
deterioration of everyday life. Strong anti-Mainland sentiments and a minor
secessionist movement have arisen. As this resistance has intensified, Mainland
officials face either making accommodation or further trouble.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-46
Number of pages25
JournalTaiwan in Comparative Perspective
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
EventTaiwan in Comparative Perspective LSE Seminar Series : Taiwan and Hong Kong In Comparative Perspective - London School of Economic & Political Sciences, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Nov 201318 Nov 2013


  • law
  • Hong Kong
  • China
  • identity
  • politics


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