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Special Feature: 1989, a Watershed in Chinese History?

The Tiananmen Incident and the Pro-Democracy Movement in Hong Kong

Joseph Cheng
p. 91-100


While refusing to allow any erosion of the Communist Party’s monopoly of political power, the Chinese leadership has proven very skilful in meeting emerging challenges in the era of economic reform and opening to the outside world since the Tiananmen Incident. Retaining its belief that economic growth remains the key to Hong Kong’s social and political stability, the Chinese government preserves the united front framework in its Hong Kong policy, with no intention of introducing genuine democracy.

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Electronic reference

Joseph Cheng, « The Tiananmen Incident and the Pro-Democracy Movement in Hong Kong », China Perspectives [Online], 2009/2 | 2009, Online since 01 June 2011, connection on 01 May 2017. URL :

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Joseph Cheng

Professor of Political Science and Director of the Contemporary China Program at the City University of Hong Kong.

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