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Seeing Red: China's Uncompromising Tak/Allen, Jamie/Hardb/9810080832/S055-E1
The transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong is one of the late 20th century's most fascinating and significant historical events. An advanced economy and society accustomed to living under a relatively liberal British colonial administration is being handed back to a potentially unstable former communist state. In the most provocative book written about the 1997 issue, Jamie Allen provides answers by approaching the question from a different angle: "What is happening to Hong Kong?" 'Seeing Red' tracks the progress of China's hard-nosed takeover strategy since the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration in December 1984. It examines the Basic Law from the perspective of China's political imperatives, and describes the steady advance of mainland Chinese business interests in the colony. He finds that Hong Kong's reunification with China has more to do with a process of recolonisation than decolonisation.