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Tai-lok Lui and Brian C.H. Fong
p. 3-4


In the years leading to the handover on 1 July 1997, there were both pessimists and optimists among the observers of the process of decolonisation and the establishment of the so-called “One Country, Two systems” arrangement in Hong Kong. For the pessimists, their main concerns were two. First, the socialist system in China could hardly accommodate a free market, capitalist Hong Kong; conflict was inevitable. Second, the encounter between an authoritarian China and a highly liberalised Hong Kong would also be a source of conflict and contention; personal freedom in Hong Kong would quickly be contained. For the optimists, with China eager to carry out market reform and Hong Kong being well placed to facilitate its economic reform and modernisation, capitalism would continue to prosper in the former British colony. The return of Hong Kong to China would therefore be no more than business as usual. Changes, if any, would be minimal. Both the pessimists and the optimists failed to anticipate the kind of problems encountered by Hong Kong since 1997. …

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Bibliographical reference

Tai-lok Lui and Brian C.H. Fong, « Editorial », China Perspectives, 2014/1 | 2014, 3-4.

Electronic reference

Tai-lok Lui and Brian C.H. Fong, « Editorial », China Perspectives [Online], 2014/1 | 2014, Online since 01 January 2017, connection on 22 April 2021. URL : ; DOI :

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