Understanding the "Taiwanisation" of Hong Kong Politics

Understanding the "Taiwanisation" of Hong Kong Politics
Hao Shinan
The political development in Hong Kong after 1997 displays certain similarities to that in Taiwan. This article uses the term "Taiwanisation of Hong Kong politics" to generalise this trend. A closer look at Hong Kong and Taiwan politics reveals that the essence of this "convergence" is the emergence of "exogenic infighting" that comprises two dimensions, political antagonism and ethno-nationalism. Indeed, "exogenic infighting" politics could be explicated largely by China's triadic leverage. By "localising" this leverage, the centrifugal forces in Hong Kong's constitutional design of autonomy activate two mechanisms, namely intensifying polarisation and mutual shaping, which eventually shape the political trajectories of Hong Kong.

Publication date

1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2021

Journal title, volume/issue number, page range

China: An International Journal, Volume 19, Number 1, pp. 193-203




Social Sciences


International Relations and Politics
National politics
Human Rights