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By Ralf Horlemann

Following the go back of Hong Kong to chinese language sovereignty, it seems that the 'high measure of autonomy' promised to Hong Kong is proscribed in lots of methods. China's reservations concerning the improvement of democracy in Hong Kong lies on the middle of the matter. The conceptual inadequacies set out within the uncomplicated legislation, Hong Kong's mini-constitution, exhibit a correlation among a scarcity of democracy and a lack of autonomy. This e-book argues that actual autonomy from the critical govt in Beijing is most unlikely and not using a democratic procedure in Hong Kong. advancements because the handover have, despite the fact that, verified that democratic tendencies were halted or even reversed and that democracy isn't prone to be verified in Hong Kong within the close to destiny.

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At that time China had signed neither the ICCPR nor the ICESCR and was interested to continue to apply the two covenants to Hong Kong after 1997 without causing too much noise or publicity. 21 Since China regarded Hong Kong as an inalienable part of the People’s Republic (art. 1 BL) in theory both Covenants should have been extended to China as a whole if they were to apply to Hong Kong. 22 Moreover, Beijing stuck to the line it had taken on political reform. Hong Kong’s laws were to remain essentially unchanged in the period between the signature of the Joint Declaration and the handover.

The original British idea of perhaps extending its colonial rule over Hong Kong beyond 1997 was doomed from the outset. The lease on the New Territories, which represents 92 per cent of the total area of Hong Kong ended in June 1997, and the island of Hong Kong and the Kowloon peninsula, which China had ceded to Britain ‘in perpetuity’ under the terms of the 1842 and 1860 treaties were not viable without the New Territories. The Chinese were unlikely to agree to extend a treaty which they had always regarded as ‘unequal’ and in so doing, would thus renounce their proclaimed sovereignty over Hong Kong.

1514 (XV) of 14. 1960). 33Cf. 38. 34Cf. 4. 131. 52. 37Cf. 171–179. 38Cf. 67 ff. 39Cf. 3. 36Cf. BASIC CONCEPTS 15 Kong people (BLCC,SC) either had a purely advisory role making decisions which were not binding, or were purely executing decisions already taken elsewhere. Efforts by the small group of supporters of democracy who tried to safeguard the autonomy promised to Hong Kong through greater instutitionalisation of democratic rights, in particular by seeking to have the Chief Executive and the Legislative Council directly elected by the people of Hong Kong, were doomed from the outset.

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