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January 2015

Divisions between China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan


Political divisions in and among China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan will continue to simmer throughout 2015. Developments in 2015 will determine the course of Hong Kong and Taiwan’s elections in 2016 and 2017, which could alter economic and governance relations with Beijing.

September 2011

Strategic Asia by the Numbers 2011-12

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This appendix consists of fourteen tables covering politics, economies, trade and investment, energy and the environment, security challenges, and nuclear arms and proliferation. The data sets presented here summarize the critical trends in the region and changes underway in the balance of power in Asia.

September 2006

When the Flu Comes: Political and Economic Risks of Pandemic Disease in Asia

Ann Marie Kimball

Edited Volumes and Chapters

This chapter examines the potential impacts of an avian flu pandemic in the Asia-Pacific, in particular the effects on regional economic integration, effectiveness of regional responses, and implications for the United States.

September 2003

Introduction (Strategic Asia 2003-04)

Aaron L. Friedberg and Richard J. Ellings

Edited Volumes and Chapters

Asia is in better shape than during the Cold War, but it remains fragile and prone to crisis—and this condition will hold for the foreseeable future. Security risks in Asia stem from unprecedented, rapid change in the balance of power, legacies of past wars, rising nationalism, strategic competition, radical Islamist terrorism, the nature of the North Korean regime, uncertainty about China’s future, and other causes. Providing some stability to the region is the domestic focus of the major powers on economic reform and development, and their increasing embrace of globalization.

July 1997

The Economic Integration of Hong Kong and Mainland China

Yasheng Huang


This essay first examines political status in Hong Kong and explains why the U.S. emphasis on politics is misguided. This is followed by a discussion of laissez-faire in Hong Kong and the increasing Chinese economic presence in the territory. Then the reasons that Chinese business activities may erode Hong Kong’s laissez-faire economy are evaluated. The essay concludes by offering some policy implications.

July 1997

China, Hong Kong, and Human Rights

Merle Goldman


Once China regains sovereignty, the subversion of Hong Kong’s institutions and practices is likely to accelerate.

June 1997

China’s Domestic Politics and Hong Kong

Joseph Fewsmith


There is much controversy over the future of Hong Kong following its July 1, 1997, return to Chinese sovereignty. Much of this debate revolves around images, generally not well-grounded, of the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.). Nevertheless, if there is a nugget of truth in these images, it is that the future of Hong Kong is dependent on China, in particular on its future stability and continued reform. Hong Kong simply cannot be isolated from either the economic development of China or its political and social situation.


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