4 August 2015
Abstract: A one-country, two-systems model describes China’s relationship with Hong Kong. Observers naturally can’t help but weigh the pros and cons of each system, regarding one better than the other. China is tightening controls on the mainland for human-rights advocates, educators and internet users while also denying the “high degree of autonomy” once promised to the citizens of Hong Kong as a special administrative region, explains Michael Davis, a professor of law at the University of Hong Kong. How to proceed on candidates for the 2017 election of Hong Kong’s chief executive is at a stalemate: Pro-democracy supporters would like open nominations, and China prefers to screen candidates. Davis concludes that “It’s not in the interest of local Hong Kong people or global investors for Beijing to increase its grip on Hong Kong.” Lingering dissatisfaction, tightening controls and uncertainty could put Hong Kong’s status as a global financial center at risk. Click here to read the full article.