Be sure to check out the latest ChinaFile Conversation: "What Does Xi Jinping Intend for Hong Kong?" I am honoured to have contributed to the discussion among many eminent writers. My take elaborates on how Beijing looks at the promises it made in the Joint Declaration:
"Under the terms of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, Hong Kong was promised a 'high degree of autonomy' and that its 'social and economic systems' and 'lifestyle' would not change for fifty years. However, it is important to understand how Beijing interprets these phrases before we look to rely on them as guarantors of Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms."