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Citizenship in Hong Kong: Community, Nation and the Global by Agnes S. Ku, Ngai Pun, Bryan S. Turner

By Agnes S. Ku, Ngai Pun, Bryan S. Turner

This booklet presents a close comparative account of the improvement of citizenship and civil society in Hong Kong from its time as a British colony to its present prestige as a distinct self reliant area of China.

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Even though the colonial legal system retained repressive rules that restrained the scope of civil rights, in practice the colonial government in the 1970s allowed Hongkongers to enjoy a higher degree of autonomy. In the 1980s, the Joint Declaration, with the endorsement of the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the Basic Law, in its Chapter III where the provisions for the fundamental rights and obligations of residence of Hong Kong were listed, clearly prescribed a wider scope of autonomy for Hongkongers.

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The Chief Executive wrote in the 2000 Annual Report of Hong Kong that perceptions of Hong Kong internationally are keeping pace with our economic development. 3 In order to render Hongkongers more competitive, the SAR government offers a series of courses for further education. What it has advocated falls in line with its commitment to life-long learning and continuous education. The SAR government continues the line of thought of the colonial government that self-reliance and being able to survive in the free economy are the expression of civic virtues.

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