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Hong Kong and the Cold WarAnglo-American Relations 1949-1957$
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Chi-kwan Mark

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199273706

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273706.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Hong Kong and the Cold War


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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the purpose of the book, which is to examine how Britain and America dealt with the vulnerability of Hong Kong in the age of decolonization and the Cold War. It focuses on four dimensions of Hong Kong's vulnerability that had the greatest impact on the Anglo–American relationship: the external defence of Hong Kong; the political consequences for Hong Kong of American–Chinese confrontation; Hong Kong's economic dependence on the mainland; and US overt and covert operations in the Colony. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, decolonization, Britain, Cold War, external defence, Anglo–American relationship

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