John Wilson

John Wilson

John Wilson was a member of the Hong Kong government’s law drafting division from 1983-1996, and of the Hong Kong SAR government from 2002-2004.

Language spoken
English
Why Hong Kong needs to start talking about 2047 now
The status of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is set out in two slogans: “one country, two systems” and “50 years no change.” There seems to be an assumption that the two are linked, that nothing must change in the Hong Kong system for 50 years, but that after 2047, the capitalist system will be replaced by the socialist (communist) system. This is assumed to mean the Basic Law will expire, Hong Kong will become just another city within China, with mainland Chinese laws applying and Hong Kong laws ceasing to apply. In my view, these assumptions are not justified by anything in the Basic Law or in the Chinese constitution. On the contrary, the Basic Law contemplates that Hong Kong
Why Hong Kong needs to start talking about 2047 now