Chinese Communists And Hong Kong Capitalists: 1937-1997

Hardcover | October 15, 2010

byCindy Yik-yi Chu

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This book studies the activities of the Chinese Communists in Hong Kong from 1937 to 1997. The Chinese Communists were involved with the Hong Kong capitalists. Communication and cooperation between them and mutual interests constituted the manifestation of a united front effort. The Chinese Communists were more accommodating of Hong Kong and open to working with the local capitalists than some observers might think. This book reveals a unique part of Chinese Communist history, and six decades of astonishing united front between the Chinese Communists and Hong Kong upper-class capitalists. It should attract the attention of anyone interested in contemporary China.

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This book studies the activities of the Chinese Communists in Hong Kong from 1937 to 1997. The Chinese Communists were involved with the Hong Kong capitalists. Communication and cooperation between them and mutual interests constituted the manifestation of a united front effort. The Chinese Communists were more accommodating of Hong Ko...

Cindy Yik-yi Chu is Professor of History at Hong Kong Baptist University.  Her books include The Diaries of the Maryknoll Sisters in Hong Kong, 1921-1966, The Maryknoll Sisters in Hong Kong, 1921-1969 (and its Chinese edition), Foreign Communities in Hong Kong, 1840s-1950s, China Reconstructs, and A Reappraisal of the Opium War. She h...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:October 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780230107991

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The United Front Policy of the Chinese Communists in Hong Kong during the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945 * Overt and Covert Functions of the Hong Kong Branch of the Xinhua News Agency, 1947-1984 * The Origins of the Chinese Communist Alliance with the Hong Kong Business Elite, the 1997 Question, and the Basic Law Committees, 1979-1985 * The Involvement of the Business Elite in the Drafting of Hong Kong’s Basic Law and the Problems of the United Front Policy, 1985-1990 * The Chinese Communists’ United Front with Big Business and Their Collaboration on the Handover, 1990-1997 * The Selection of the Chief Executive, May-December 1996 * Tung Chee-hwa and the Last Days of Colonial Hong Kong, December 1996-June 1997

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"Throughout this useful study, a united front strategy frames the relationship between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and Hong Kong capitalists from 1937 to 1997. ... Chu's narrative makes a strong case for the long-term continuity of Hong Kong's elitist political parameters both before and after the 1997 transition. Summing up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate students through professionals." --R. P. Gardella, CHOICE “This ground-breaking work emphasizes the crucial relationship between the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese business elite of Hong Kong during the 60 years before 1997. The author argues convincingly that the strategy of collaborating closely with capitalists, far from contradicting the ideological principles of Communism, in fact has deep roots in the Party’s decades-old united front policy. This is a powerful revelation for historians of modern China and for readers concerned with contemporary developments.”--Elizabeth Sinn, Former Deputy Director of the Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong“Chu argues that the implementation of the ‘one country, two systems’ model guaranteeing Hong Kong’s capitalist system until 2047 must be understood through the framework of the Chinese Communists’ united front strategy that began in the 1930s. Chu questions the conventional assumption that the Chinese Communist Party had no understanding of Hong Kong’s capitalist system. Rather, she shows how the Communists adapted to the colony’s capitalist environment by creating a network of local agencies under direct Party control. Unlike on the mainland, the Communists worked hard to forge effective alliances with Hong Kong’s Chinese capitalists. By the eve of the handover in 1997, the Communists had consolidated the support of big business for the retrocession to Chinese sovereignty. This important new study contributes not only to our understanding of Hong Kong history but also of the Chinese Communist Party.”--John M. Carroll, Professor of History, University of Hong Kong