Hong Kong and Mainland China

hong_kong_forumUniversity of Sydney

Hong Kong and Mainland China: contested realities, future visions       

A public forum with Anson Chan and Martin Lee

6:00pm-7:30pm, Thursday 13 October 2016
Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium, Johns Hopkins Drive, The University of Sydney

Co-presented with Sydney Ideas, the Sydney Democracy Networks at the University of Sydney, and the Australian Institute of International Affairs (NSW).

In 1997 the People’s Republic of China assumed sovereignty over Hong Kong, subject to The 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, which guarantees Hong Kong’s civic freedoms and autonomies and the rule of law, for fifty years. The Declaration and Hong Kong’s constitution were written in expectation of universal suffrage and of accountable corruption-free Government. Nearly twenty years on, Hong Kong faces formidable challenges, including growing disaffection among citizens who feel disappointed by present-day trends that are seen to contradict the substance and spirit of the Declaration.

The University of Sydney is pleased to host a public forum with two of Hong Kong’s best-known and internationally respected civic figures Anson Chan and Martin Lee. Uniquely placed to talk about present-day realities and the future prospects for Hong Kong, they discuss:

  • What has changed in recent years in Hong Kong, and what has not?
  • Are the two co-signatories of the Declaration honouring their promises?
  • Why are there signs of rising frustration among Hong Kong citizens?
  • Do the recent Hong Kong elections have long-term significance?
  • Should Hong Kong matter to the world, and why does it matter to Beijing?


Anson Chan GBM GCMG was Chief Secretary and second-in-command under both British and Chinese sovereignties, the first and only woman to hold such senior positions.

Martin Lee QC SC was founder and chairman of Hong Kong’s Democratic Party, and a long-term legislator. He is a staunch defender of Hong Kong’s rule of law and is widely regarded as the father of Hong Kong’s movement for democracy.

Jocelyn Chey (Chair),  Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney, and Councillor of the Australian Institute of International Affairs New South Wales.

Registration essential: http://whatson.sydney.edu.au/events/published/sydney-ideas-hong-kong-anson-chan-martin-lee-forum