The road to China : Hong Kong's transition to Chinese sovereignty

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This paper examines the future legal structure of Hong Kong as envisioned under the Joint Declaration, the Basic Law of Hong Kong (BL), and the Constitution of the People's Republic of China. It will examine what the parties agreed to regarding the future status and administration of Hong Kong and attempts to highlight some of the problems already encountered and some which may arise. Following a discussion of the Joint Declaration and Basic Law, the issues of local governance, the legal system, personal rights and freedoms, the economic system, foreign affairs, and Memoranda on Travel Documents are addressed. Each section includes a discussion of the progress to date in the planning for the transfer of sovereignty in 1997.