Question: Democracy, Press and Freedom in the Hong Kong SAR
Answer: Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region) is the unique name given to Hong Kong city and surrounding region. Macau is also known as the Macau SAR. (Macau SAR). The name reflects each region’s semi –autonomous relationship with China, where they retain control over domestic and economic affairs but China controls foreign policy – at least that’s a basic summation. The Hong Kong SAR is defined by the Basic Law signed between Britain and China in the run up to the Hong Kong Handover in 1997. Amongst other things, it protects Hong Kong’s capitalist system, prescribes the independence of the judiciary and the press and, at least in theory, gives a vague intention to move the SAR towards democracy. Find out more in our article on Hong Kong’s Basic Law, where we break down its individual points and some of its failings.