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7 - Hong Kong

A Case Study

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 July 2021

Kalana Senaratne
Affiliation:
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
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This chapter examines the case of Hong Kong from the perspective of internal self-determination. It provides two distinct images of Hong Kong: as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China which enjoys a high degree of autonomy (and therefore, internal self-determination); and as an entity which is struggling to achieve universal suffrage (i.e. denial of internal self-determination). The chapter argues that in the struggle for universal suffrage, the principle and language of internal self-determination can play a mixed role. It can help Hong Kong people to articulate their demands for democracy; but it can also heighten tensions with China. Whatever the case may be, engaging with the concept of internal self-determination will be unavoidable.

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Internal Self-Determination in International Law
History, Theory, and Practice
, pp. 195 - 211
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Hong Kong
  • Kalana Senaratne, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Book: Internal Self-Determination in International Law
  • Online publication: 23 July 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108695688.008
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  • Hong Kong
  • Kalana Senaratne, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Book: Internal Self-Determination in International Law
  • Online publication: 23 July 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108695688.008
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  • Hong Kong
  • Kalana Senaratne, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Book: Internal Self-Determination in International Law
  • Online publication: 23 July 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108695688.008
Available formats
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