It has been one and a half years since British rule ended in Hong Kong and control of the city was returned to China. Under the Joint Declaration, Hong Kong is guaranteed a high degree of autonomy from China for fifty years as a Special Autonomous Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China under the principles of "One Country/Two Systems" and "Hong Kong People Governing Hong Kong." In this lesson, you will visit web sites that will help you compare and evaluate the economic and political systems of China and Hong Kong.

KEY CONCEPTS

Economic Efficiency, Economic Equity, Economic Freedom, Economic Growth, Economic Security, Markets

INTRODUCTION

It has been one and a half years since  British rule ended in Hong Kong and control  of the city was returned to China. Under the  Joint Declaration, Hong Kong is guaranteed  a high degree of autonomy from China for  fifty years as a Special Autonomous Region  (SAR) of the People's Republic of China  under the principles of "One Country/Two  Systems" and "Hong Kong People  Governing Hong Kong." In this lesson, you  will visit web sites that will help you compare  and evaluate the economic and political  systems of China and Hong Kong.

MATERIALS

  • Hong Kong Transition to Chinese Rule: This worksheet has students assign a letter grade for each goal to indicate how well the China and Hong Kong economic systems achieves each goal today.
    www.econedlink.org/lessons/docs_lessons/136_transition1.pdf
     
  • Gov HK- Residents: Hong Kong Government Information Center.
    www.gov.hk/en/residents/
     
  • China Democracy Party: Forming Committee of Chinese Democratic Party.
    www.freechina.net/cdp/
     
  • Hong Kong Democratic Foundation: The Hong Kong Democratic Foundation (HKDF) was established in 1989 and is an independent, multi-racial, multi-cultural political think tank made up of local people committed to shaping government policy in order to make Hong Kong a more open, progressive society in which all people can share the fruits of its success. To this end, the HKDF focuses on the development and promotion of policies.
    www.hkdf.org/segments.asp?func=showsegments&brand=15
     
  • Martin Lee- Barrister & Legislator: This website offers Marin Lee's policies and explains the major aim of the Democratic Party which is to further unite the democratic forces in Hong Kong to shoulder the responsibility for the future of Hong Kong.
    www.martinlee.org.hk/eng/policy/policy.html
     
  • World History Archives: The decolonization of Hong Kong.
    www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/55/index-k.html
     
  • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation: Economic Conditions since 2000.
    www.apec.org/apec/member_economies/key_economic_indicators.html
     
  • British Colonialism Exits Hong Kong (People's Weekly World- June 1997): After 155 years of foreign occupation, the last imperialist bastion in Asia is being scratched off the map. On July 1 the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong returns to the rightful sovereignty of China.
    www.hartford-hwp.com/archives/55/024.html

PROCESS

flagIt has been one and a half years since British rule ended in Hong Kong and control of the city was returned to China. Under the Joint Declaration, Hong Kong is guaranteed a high degree of autonomy from China for fifty years as a Special Autonomous Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China under the principles of "One Country/Two Systems" and "Hong Kong People Governing Hong Kong." In this lesson, you will visit web sites that will help you compare and evaluate the economic and political systems of China and Hong Kong.


The five broad goals described below can be thought of as criteria for evaluating an economic system. Some of these goals are difficult to measure in objective terms while others can be easily stated as numerical targets.


Visit the some of the sites below and take notes in order to establish a "grade" for China and Hong Kong as the city undergoes its 50-year transition to Chinese rule. Then, complete this worksheet.

*Adapted from Watts, Michael et al., "Focus: High School Economics." Copyright (c), Council for Economic Education: New York (pp.7-8)

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