R.E. Wood, John

John Wood
Start date:
October 2015
Research Topic:
The diplomacy and implications of the Hong Kong Handover and the Joint Declaration
Research Supervisor:
Professor Campbell Craig
Supervising school:
Department of International Politics,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

Building upon the continuing archival releases from the British FCO of material relating to the negotiations for the 1997 handover of Hong Kong from the UK to China, particularly between 1982-4, I plan to explore the implications of this event on the Cold War, Hong Kong and Chinese society, and the evolution of British and Chinese Foreign relations.

A particular interest of the project will be in assessing the influence of the people of Hong Kong on shaping their future settlement with China and their changing identity from British Nationals to Chinese Citizens.