LRP #10 – Hong Kong: The New Tibet?

As Hong Kong gears up to mark the twentieth anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty, the country’s number 3 leader Zhang Dejiang has made clear Beijing’s intention to tighten its control over the former British colony. He has spoken recently of the need to enact anti-subversion legislation and warned against any attempts to turn Hong Kong into an independent entity. But Hong Kong localists made a strong showing in the September 2016 election, winning six seats and securing twenty percent of the vote. In this episode, we look at the roots of the localism movement, and what impact China’s approach is having. As Beijing signals its tightening control, are parallels emerging between the Basic Law and the seventeen-point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet signed in 1951? Louisa and Graeme discuss Hong Kong’s future with Kevin Carrico of Macquarie University, who is writing a book on Hong Kong’s localist movement.

Photo credits: Democratic Party Legco election 2016 rally, Wikimedia Commons
Graeme Smith and Louisa Lim
Graeme Smith and Louisa Lim
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Graeme Smith is a China studies academic with the Department of Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. Louisa Lim is a former China correspondent for the BBC and NPR, now with the Centre for Advancing Journalism at Melbourne University. Follow them @limlouisa and @GraemeKSmith.