Review of George Hicks’ “Hong Kong Count-Down”


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Review of George Hicks’ "Hong Kong Count-Down"
This review essay will focus on George Hicks’ Hong Kong Count-Down, within a broader critical discussion informed by Steve Tsang’s “Realignment of Power: The Politics of Transition and Reform in Hong Kong” and Bruce Gilley’s “Red Flag Over Hong Kong”. The subject of Hicks’ work is the transition of Hong Kong to the sovereignty of the People’s Republic of China, which occurred in 1997. It must be acknowledged that, upon initial review, Hicks’ analysis appears dated from our contemporary perspective in the early twentieth-first century. Consider, for example, the fact that Hicks wrote his monograph prior to even the historic events of Tiananmen Square in 1989. However, as this...
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.....edoms so long as it does not feel its interests to be threatened. Thus, as Hicks notes, the future of Hong Kong can be seen to lie in the interweaving of the sometimes contradictory aspects of the former colony’s political and economic dimensions within the larger frame of the interests of China as a whole.
Gilley, Bruce. “Red Flag over Hong Kong.” In Frank Ching, ed.
Hong Kong: 1997 and Beyond. Hong Kong: Review Publishing,
1997, 111-119.
Hicks, George. Hong Kong Count-Down. Writers’ and Publishers’
Cooperative, 1988.
Tsang, Steve. “Realignment of Power: The Politics of Transition
and Reform in Hong Kong.” In Li Pang Kwong, ed. Political
Order and Power Transition in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Chinese
University Press, 1997, 31-52.