Burying the Joint Declaration: Beijing's International Law Reaction to the Umbrella Movement
9 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2014 Last revised: 29 Dec 2014
Date Written: December 27, 2014
After more than ten weeks, the last of the protest encampments of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement has been dismantled. Yet the international law dispute linked to Hong Kong’s political crisis has shown no signs of abating. At the heart of the dispute is the interpretation and effect of the Sino-British Joint Declaration 1984 (Joint Declaration), which governed Hong Kong’s transfer of sovereignty to China in 1997. Although Chinese and Hong Kong officials have belatedly begun to engage with the Joint Declaration, they have shown a remarkable lack of sophistication in doing so.
Keywords: China, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Joint Declaration, Sino-British Joint Declaration, international law
JEL Classification: K33
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