ChinaFile Presents: The Future of Democracy in Hong Kong
A discussion with Anson Chan and Martin Lee, veteran political leaders in Hong Kong who are known and respected for their decades of service in the legislature and government, as well as their political independence. They will be joined by Isabel Hilton, a London-based journalist and Editor of chinadialogue.
When Hong Kong returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, China’s leaders vowed the former colony would be governed according to Deng Xiaoping’s “one country, two systems” formula, territorially reunited with the mainland, but independent in its laws and political institutions, and free to choose its own leaders by popular election by 2017. How has that promise fared in the intervening seventeen years? What challenges face the vibrant entrepôt? How are trade, domestic politics, and public opinion shaping Hong Kong’s future? And what do recent developments mean for the future of Hong Kong’s democrats?
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