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Event: “The 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s Handover”
3 July, 2017
Committee Room 20, Palace of Westminster
In conjunction with the University of Surrey, the Henry Jackson Society is pleased to host the 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s Handover, which will look at the current socio-political situation in this former British colony. After having returned to Chinese rule, how has “One Country, Two Systems” fared? Some argue that the system is running far better than many would have expected in 1997; others – including many inside Hong Kong itself – argue that Beijing has adopted a salami-slicing approach toward the many freedoms that Chinese negotiators agreed upon with the British in 1997, contained in the Basic Law. Twenty years on, where are we? More importantly, where are we going? The future of the city and its various political movements promises more political challenges for Beijing. The question is – as always – how China reacts to that. A secondary question, no less germane, is how the UK reacts to that. A global power – despite Brexit – the UK still has a strong voice in international affairs. The question is what does that look like when it comes to Hong Kong?
We are proud to host
Dame Anson Chan, the former Chief Secretary of colonial Hong Kong and the first Chief Secretary of Hong Kong SAR
Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, 1995-1997
Edward Leung, activist and spokesman for the Hong Kong Indigenous, a localist group
Dr. Malte Kaeding, an expert on Hong Kong politics