Overt and Covert Functions of the Hong Kong Branch of the Xinhua News Agency, 1947–1984

  • Cindy Yik-yi Chu


Hong Kong, as a British colony, had been unable to conduct independent diplomatic relations. All of its external relations were handled by London. However, since the inception in 1949 of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Beijing had staunchly maintained that Hong Kong by rights was Chinese territory, and publicly refused to acknowledge the original Treaty of Nanjing that had ceded Hong Kong Island to the British. Beijing, therefore, refused to establish a consulate in this territory that it considered its own. At the same time, it recognized that Hong Kong was an indispensable source of foreign currencies and adopted a pragmatic policy toward capitalism.


State Council Foreign Affair Cultural Revolution Capitalist System News Agency 
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