San Diego Law Review


Eric M. Amberg

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This Comment examines the upcoming transition of Hong Kong as a "special administrative region" of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1997. The author argues that, in addition to the economic freedoms that will be preserved in Hong Kong, the people of Hong Kong should be guaranteed the right of self-determination in order to increase the level of confidence with which the people of Hong Kong view this transition. The author examines the history of the sovereign claims to Hong Kong and the substance of the transition agreement between Great Britain and the PRC. The author concludes that the right of self-determination should be invoked on behalf of the people of Hong Kong to allow them to make a free and informed choice for the future.