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Hong Kong: The Road to 1997 (review)

Hong Kong: The Road to 1997 (review) 392 China Review International: Vol. 6, No. 2, Fall 1999 Roger Buckley. Hong Kong: The Road to 1997. Cambridge (England) and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997. xxi, 232 pp. Hardcover, ISBN 0­521­47008­0. Paperback, ISBN 0­521­46979­1. Roger Buckley states that this book is a "survey" by an "outsider" for "other outsiders" (p. xvi). He promises first to provide a summary history of and an accounting for Hong Kong's metamorphosis from an obscure fishing village into a major business hub, and second to "offer estimates" on the fate of the former British colony after reunification (p. xvi). "Synthesizing" the findings of authors of existing academic works (p. xiii), Buckley has done a fair job of delivering on his first promise. Critics, to be sure, may argue whether too much credit is given to the foresight of the British governors and the efficiency of their administrations. In any case, distrusting China as he does (like many other contemporary Western observers), Buckley's "fortune-telling" for Hong Kong is hampered by his inability to understand China's policy priorities or the complexity of Hong Kong­related issues in spite of his having lived there for a year. He has clearly made an effort to understand, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Hong Kong: The Road to 1997 (review)

China Review International , Volume 6 (2) – Sep 1, 1999

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392 China Review International: Vol. 6, No. 2, Fall 1999 Roger Buckley. Hong Kong: The Road to 1997. Cambridge (England) and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997. xxi, 232 pp. Hardcover, ISBN 0­521­47008­0. Paperback, ISBN 0­521­46979­1. Roger Buckley states that this book is a "survey" by an "outsider" for "other outsiders" (p. xvi). He promises first to provide a summary history of and an accounting for Hong Kong's metamorphosis from an obscure fishing village into a major business hub, and second to "offer estimates" on the fate of the former British colony after reunification (p. xvi). "Synthesizing" the findings of authors of existing academic works (p. xiii), Buckley has done a fair job of delivering on his first promise. Critics, to be sure, may argue whether too much credit is given to the foresight of the British governors and the efficiency of their administrations. In any case, distrusting China as he does (like many other contemporary Western observers), Buckley's "fortune-telling" for Hong Kong is hampered by his inability to understand China's policy priorities or the complexity of Hong Kong­related issues in spite of his having lived there for a year. He has clearly made an effort to understand,

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 1, 1999

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