Advertisement

Beijing’s Fifth Column and the Transfer of Power in Hong Kong: 1983–1997

  • Yin Qian

Abstract

This chapter shows that over 83 000 mainland Chinese officials with changed names and false identities have entered Hong Kong from 1983 to 1997 as part of a covert scheme by the PRC government to groom a political force extraordinaire – a fifth column – in Hong Kong. The fifth column, by definition of this study, refers exclusively to those Chinese Communist Party (CCP) cadres with one-way exit permits and Territory residential status who were dispatched to Hong Kong under the false pretence of the ‘family reunion’ category in the transitional period. Although these people are from truly diverse backgrounds in terms of age, education, profession, origin of work locations and sponsoring organizations, they usually had one important thing in common: they were well-connected within the Chinese party–state system and enjoyed prominent patronage within the party. These fifth columnists appear to be ordinary immigrants, but they carry the Chinese government’s official blessing. Ultimately, they were the winners in China’s domestic political contest, and beneficiaries of economic reform.

Keywords

Foreign Policy Chinese Communist Party Family Reunion Chinese Leader Domestic Politics 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Bibliography

  1. BBC 1994 Summary of World Broadcasts, part 3, Far East FE/1994 A2/3.Google Scholar
  2. Chan, G. 1989 China and International Organisations. Hong Kong: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  3. Commonwealth Relations Office 1949 Approach to Our Commonwealth Government Asking Support of Hong Kong Policy, FO371 75873. London: Public Record Office, 27 May.Google Scholar
  4. Hong Kong Annual Report 1995, Hong Kong: Government Printing Service.Google Scholar
  5. Hu Sheng 1955 Imperialism and Chinese Politics. Beijing: Foreign Language Press, (reprint 1973 Westport, Conn.: Hyperion Press).Google Scholar
  6. Lane, K. P. 1990 Sovereignty and the Status Quo. Boulder: Westview Press.Google Scholar
  7. Mao Zedong 1954 ‘On Chinese Revolution and the Chinese Communist Party’, in Selected Works of Mao Tse-tung, Vol. 3. London: Lawrence & Wishart.Google Scholar
  8. 'Manifesto of the National People’s Convention Concerning the Abrogation of Unequal Treaties’ 1931. Chinese Social and Political Science Review 15 (supplement): 1931–1932, Beijing: National People’s Congress.Google Scholar
  9. Miners, N. 1990 The Government and Politics of Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  10. North, R. C. 1978 The Foreign Relations of China. Cambridge, Mass.: Duxbury Press.Google Scholar
  11. Stormont, D. 1995 ‘Hong Kong: Polls Close in Historic Hong Kong Elections’. Reuters News Service, 17 September.Google Scholar
  12. Xu Jiatun 1993 Hong Kong Memoir. Hong Kong: United Publishing House.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yin Qian

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations