The Governance and Development of the HKSAR: A Middle Way that Balances "One Country" with "Two Systems"

CHEN, Albert H. Y.
January 2014
Journal of Youth Studies (10297847);Jan2014, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p3
Academic Journal
This article explains how the Basic Law regulates the constitutional relationship between the Central Government of China and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), particularly how the Basic Law simultaneously provides for the dual principles of national sovereignty and the HKSAR's high degree of autonomy. The article then discusses how the Basic Law and the relevant interpretation of the National People's Congress Standing Committee deals with the question of the gradual democratization of Hong Kong's political system. Finally, the article considers the question of the election of the Chief Executive by universal suffrage in 2017, and suggests that Hong Kong should pursue a "Middle Way" that is based on both principles of national sovereignty and Hong Kong's democratic autonomy


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