Hong Kong and the world

Wai Ting*, Ellen Lai

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Despite the vicissitudes of its transition from a British Crown colony to a Special Administrative Region (SAR) within the People's Republic of China (PRC), Hong Kong remains an international city where Western nations, especially the Western triad (United States, Japan, and the European Union (EU)), as well as China, possess strong vested interests. This is the reason why the Hong Kong SAR government has baptized Hong Kong "Asia's world city". From the perspective of international relations and geopolitics, Hong Kong has always been considered part of the West. That is to say, the capitalist enclave serves first of all Western interests. Western countries prefer to have a "bridgehead" in Asia where freedom is well safeguarded by the rule of law, and which Westerners can use as a base to develop their economic and political activities in Asia.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Hong Kong Government and Politics
Subtitle of host publicationExpanded Second Edition
PublisherHong Kong University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9789882208889
ISBN (Print)9789888139477
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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