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When one looks at Hong Kong there are many of questions that come to mind How is China going to respond to citizens of Hong Kong holding protests Will Hong Kongs citizens be taken back by their lose of rights Or will this more liberal form of government led the rest of China into a more democratic state Instead of focusing on the unknown I saw this paper as an opportunity to study Hong Kong new form of government This paper will briefly look at Hong Kong from a historical prospective It will explain how Hong Kong became a colony of Britain It will briefly discuss the Hong Kong handover and possible implications The paper will compare the governments of Hong Kong under the British and the new Special Administrative Region for China The paper will also draw comparisons between the Basic Law which will guide the Special Administrative Region and the Constitution of the United States of America I choose to compare the Basic law to these two governments thinking that most people didnt realize how similar the new and old system in Hong Kong really were Also upon reading the Basic Law I was struck by the similarities with our own constitution It is when you read further into the Basic law that you discover how different the system of governments in the United States of America and the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong are I also plan to give perspectives of people living in Hong Kong a year after the handover It is my desire that you take from this paper a new level of insight into the situation in Hong Kong and what it may mean to China Hong Kong is located at the Mouth of the Pearl River It is 90 miles south of the trading city of Canton Hong Kong can be divided into three parts Hong Kong Island Kowloon and Stonecutters Island and the area
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