In Beijing’s Tightening Grip

Changing Mainland-Hong Kong Relations amid Integration and Confrontation
  • Peter T.Y. CheungEmail author
Part of the Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy book series (PEPP)


This chapter examines Beijing’s policy toward Hong Kong and the increasingly conflictual relations between the Mainland and Hong Kong in the midst of socioeconomic integration since 2012. This chapter first overviews the major features of Beijing’s strategy since the political crisis triggered by the protests against the national security legislation in 2003 and the changing socioeconomic links between the Mainland and Hong Kong. Then, it analyzes several key issues in this relationship since the rise of Xi Jinping as China’s paramount leader since late 2012, namely (1) Beijing’s new framework in governing Hong Kong, (2) the growing involvement of the Mainland in Hong Kong’s governance, (3) the rise of tensions between the two places arising from cross-boundary flows and (4) the politics over universal suffrage and the Occupy Central (OC) protests. This chapter concludes with some observations on the prospect of Hong Kong under “One Country, Two Systems” (OCTS).



I am grateful to the assistance provided by Kenneth Ho, Ray Poon, Kary Chan and especially James Chan for this chapter. All errors are my sole responsibility.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Politics and Public AdministrationUniversity of Hong KongHong KongChina

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