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Title: Hong Kong : a study of its relationships with China and Britain since 1949.
Author: Fun, Ng Ting.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3485 511X
Awarding Body: University College London (University of London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 1981
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This thesis is an empirical study on Hong Kong's relationships with China and Britain. Preceded by a description of the Hong Kong setting and the way the inquiry is conducted (Chapter I), formal analysis begins with an outline of the history of Hong Kong before the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1, 1949 (Chapter II), and a survey of the changes that have occurred since then in the global and regional political contexts and in the local economic and social settings (Chapter III). The respective British and Chinese positions on the political status of Hong Kong are then stated (Chapter IV). This is followed by a critical and thorough examination of the reasons behind the British retention of Hong Kong (Chapter V) and the reasons behind the Chinese tolerance of British rule there (Chapter VI). The diplomatic framework is the subject of inquiry next (Chapter VII). The analysis goes on to take a brief critical look at three outstanding issues (Chapter VIII) before finally rounding off with a discussion of Hong Kong's political future (Chapter IX). All along, the emphasis of the inquiry is on explanation rather than description, on analyzing the logic of the situation rather than discovering new factual information, less concerned with what is than it should be so. Many misconceptions on the subject are dispelled in the course of the analysis. The primary reasons behind the Chinese tolerance of British rule in Hong Kong lie not, the thesis argues, in the benefits of maintaining the political status quo of Hong Kong as such as is often believed but rather (a) in the costs of precipitate action on China's wider and more vital interests and (b) in the Hong Kong situation itself which China has found tolerable although British rule in Hong Kong is unacceptable in principle
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Political science