City of life
Kong, a city with many personalities, is a blend not just of East
and West, but of old and new. In this city of contrasts, incense
smolders in breadbox size temples next to modern high rise office
buildings. Hong Kong has a bustling free market economy highly
dependent on international trade.
On the basis of its mini-constitution, the Basic Law, and the
Sino-British Joint declaration, the territory returned to Chinese
sovereignty in 1997 with promised autonomy for an additional 50
years. How the economy, politics, society and culture of Hong
Kong develop in its infancy as a Special Administrative Region
of China, and how Chinas "One Country, Two Systems"
policy will take shape, are topics of considerable interest for
study and research. China itself is undergoing dramatic of a startling
scope and pace. This process will inevitably affect other countries,
in particular those in immediate proximity.
With its singular political, economic and geographical vantage
point, its excellent travel facilities and its free flow of information
and ideas, Hong Kong is the ideal place to study and observe this