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Hong Kong Protests and the Effect on The Hong Kong Economy A dissertation submitted to the University of East London for the degree of xxx in the School of Social Sciences Year of submission (not including the month) Candidate’s name
Hong Kong protests and the effect on the Hong Kong economy 2 TABLE OF CONTENTS Word count LIST OF TABLES LIST OF FIGURES ABSTRACT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT DECLARATION A declaration stating that: 'No portion of the work referred to in the dissertation has been submitted in support of an application for another degree or qualification of this or any other university or other institutes of learning
Hong Kong protests and the effect on the Hong Kong economy 3 HONG KONG PROTESTS AND IT’S EFFECT ON THE HONG KONG ECONOMY CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 1.1. Background of the study Hong Kong has always faced historical incidences of protests, marches, and incidences of demonstrations (Spillius, 2006). The protests have led to many social, political, and economic effects. Historically, some of the main protests that have had a notable effect on the Hong Kong economy include the Leftist riots in 1967, the protest for democracy in 2005, the protest for Universal Suffrage in 2010, Yuen Long protests in 2015, the Hong Kong dock protests in 2013the Mong Kong civil protests in 2016 and, the latest 2019-2020 Hong Kong protests (Chui, 2008). However, the Opium war presented one of the major incidences of Hong Kong protest which has always been referred by many historians. The protests which were mainly derived from the First Opium War lay bare the economic effects which Hong Kong suffered within the subsequent years (Miyahira, 2017). Further, such economic challenges were linked to the social-economic and political challenges that were possibly caused by Britain that led to the strained relationships between China and Hong Kong (Chan, 2002). The above occurrences were majorly witnessed during the First Opium War in which China was involved in ceding the Hong Kong territory to the British people through the official signing of the Chuenpi Convention agreement (George, 2005). However, the British control of Hong Kong caused great uproar among the people and this led to high-level protests which affected the economic standing of the region many years later. The pressure from the protests, coupled with the other factors led to the peaceful British handover of Hong Kong to the Chinese government on July 1, 1997 (Chan, 2002).
Hong Kong protests and the effect on the Hong Kong economy 4 1.2. Aims and objectives The main aim of the research was to create ana understanding of the British acquisition of Hong Kong during the Opium Wars and the subsequent effects on the economic sovereignty of Hong Kong. Alternatively, the main objective objectives of the research were to analyse the economic effects that Hong Kong faces when the leadership and rule were passed by the British in 1997. The other objectives included: i. To evaluate the role of the British in creating the current social-economic issues in Hong Kong.

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