"At midnight on June 30,1997, the British colony of Hong Kong reverted to Chinese sovereignty and became Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China. The Sino-British Joint Declaration on the Question of Hong Kong calls for maintaining Hong Kong's lifestyle and 'high degree of autonomy' for fifty years after its transition to the Hong Kong SAR. The primary research question that this thesis will attempt to answer is: How has the concept of 'high degree of autonomy' been operationalized since its inception in the 'Joint Declaration of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the People's Republic of China on the Question of Hong Kong'? This thesis argues that during the period of time from the signing of the Joint Declaration to the actual reversion to Chinese sovereignty the negotiations over the concept of Hong Kong's 'high degree of autonomy' established the framework of the post-reversion way of life in Hong Kong."
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