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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


International Relations

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Jennifer Taw

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The 2019 Hong Kong Protests mark a critical juncture in the history of Hong Kong. Although they started due to an extradition bill, the demonstrations are deeply rooted in larger concerns regarding Hong Kong’s place within China and its future. The global responses to the protest, from Beijing to London, reveal a complex web of relationships and interests. As the Chinese Communist Party continues to expand its global footprint, the bridge between domestic and international concerns will widen. Ultimately, that makes the Hong Kong situation a balancing act, one that observers can use as a litmus test for the Chinese government’s attitude towards democracy, sovereignty, and social stability. This thesis looks at how China’s economic transformation over the past 30 years fundamentally altered its relationship with Hong Kong, and the national and international factors that continue to present challenges.