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Can Hong Kong reach a full democracy?

Can Hong Kong reach a full democracy?

Updated 9 April 2013, 16:47 AEST

Are the people of Hong Kong ready to govern themselves?It's now more than 15 years since Hong Kong was handed over to China and there have been gradual moves towards political reforms since then.

But the chief executive and some of the legislature are not democratically elected.

Beijing is promising to allow full democratic elections by 2020, but it depends on whether a consensus can be reached on just what those changes should look like.

In the early 1980s, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher took part in negotiations with then Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, proposing the idea of a 'one country, two systems' policy.

Presenter: Joanna McCarthy

Speaker: Richard Cullen, Visiting Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong

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