From empire defence to imperial retreat: Britain's postwar China policy and the decolonization of Hong Kong


Hong Kong has existed as a British crown colony since 1942, and its colonial political structures remained more or less the same until the early 1980s. Hong Kong's special relations with China are an important factor making it an oddity in post-war British decolonization. Instead of becoming independent like most other British colonial territories, Hong Kong's political future is linked to China. This situation of "decolonization without independence' has been an important theme of academic analysis on the colony's political development. Instead of searching for a common denominator and building the pattern of postwar British decolonization, this paper is an attempt to explain Britain's attitude towards Hong Kong by placing it in the context of the evolution of British foreign policy in the postwar world in general, and its attitude towards the rise of Chinese communism in particular. -from Authorlink_to_subscribed_fulltex

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