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Underground Front: The Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong


Christine Loh 陸恭蕙


Professor Fu Hualing 傅華伶, Faculty of Law, HKU


11 April 2019 (Thursday)


6:30 - 8:00 pm


2/F Multi-purpose Area, Ingenium, Main Library, HKU





About the Speaker

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Christine Loh is the chief development strategist at the Institute for the Environment and Division of Environment and Sustainability, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. From 2012 to 2017, she was undersecretary for the environment in the Hong Kong government. A former legislator, and founder of Civic Exchange, a public policy think tank, she had a ringside seat to political events in Hong Kong in the run-up to 1997 and immediately beyond the transition. She is a lawyer by training and a published author of many works.


About the Book

Book Cover of Underground Front

Underground Front is a pioneering examination of the role that the Chinese Communist Party has played in Hong Kong since the creation of the party in 1921, through to the present day. The second edition goes into greater depth on the party’s view on “one country, two systems”, “patriotism”, and “elections”. The introduction has been extensively revised and the concluding chapter has been completely rewritten in order to give a thorough account of the post-1997 governance and political system in Hong Kong, and where challenges lie. Christine Loh endeavours to keep the data and the materials up to date and to include the discussion of some recent events in Hong Kong. The appendices on the key targets of the party’s united front activities also make the book an especially useful read for all who are interested in Hong Kong history and politics, and the history of modern China.


About the Moderator

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Professor Fu’s research interest includes constitutional law and human rights, with a special focus on criminal justice system and media law in China. His recent work include National Security and Fundamental Freedoms: Hong Kong’s Article 23 Under Scrutiny (Hong Kong University Press, 2005) (co-edited with Carole Petersen and Simon Young) and The Struggle for Coherence: Constitutional Interpretation in Hong Kong (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) (co-edited with Lison Harris and Simon Young). He teaches Corruption, Human Rights in China, and Legal Relations between Hong Kong and Mainland China. /p>