Prospect Policy Studies Series (June 2017)
In March 2017, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was elected the fifth Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Resource: The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, HKSAR,
Hong Kong 2017 Chief Executive Election and the Social and Economic Changes on the 20th Anniversary of its Handover to China
Department of International and Mainland China Affairs, National Quemoy University
In March 2017, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was elected the fifth Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) with 777 votes. Lam's election was no surprise because she was approved by Beijing, which makes one ask why Beijing would trust Lam to lead Hong Kong. The population of Hong Kong is now over 7 million, and around 95% of its residents are Chinese. Many social customs, along with literary and artistic works, embody the legacy of traditional Chinese culture. Nevertheless, there have been considerable transformations in the social, cultural, and political values due to Hong Kong's cosmopolitan experience. If democracy in Hong Kong continues under the norms of the Basic Law of Hong Kong, it may not be able to move to the satisfaction of the people of Hong Kong, and it may even fail to achieve good and effective governance. This article focuses on Hong Kong's Chief Executive Election in 2017 and Hong Kong's social and economic changes since its handover to China 20 years ago.
Keywords：HKSAR, Hong Kong Democracy, Hong Kong Chief Executive, Umbrella Movement, Hong Kong Identity