The Briefing

On 2 July the Hong Kong Transition Project will release a major (155 pages) briefing at the Foreign Correspondent's Club in Hong Kong.  We'll be posting the report (or a link to it for a download site) on the Reports page of this site.  It will also be available at other sites, such as  It's not only a big report, but full of the latest research on the political development of Hong Kong.  We have a list of links in the notes of the reports (later we'll be posting those as an annotated list on the Links section above).  

For today, I'm off to Canada to join long time project member and prolific researcher Professor Sonny Lo Shiu Hing in what looks like a very interesting conference at University of Waterloo.  If I'm lucky and Sonny's wife lets him fly back to Hong Kong for third time this year, Sonny will join me in releasing the report.  I'll be back in time to do some observation and photography of the upcoming 1 July march in Hong Kong, and to view the counter march by pro-government groups, which will be joined for the first time by the Chief Executive Donald Tsang himself.  So 2 big marches on 1 big day, followed by 1 big report on What Comes Next.  So please stay tuned!

Here's the official announcement:

Birdcage or Framework?  Considering what comes next in constitutional reform

Will the July 1 march embolden pro-democracy forces to confront the government and push for quicker reform?  Will anti-reform groups be more determined to fight change?  And are there alternatives to confrontation and impasse?  Is there any hope of persuading Functional Constituency legislators to vote themselves out of existence?

Professor Michael DeGolyer will unveil results of the latest Hong Kong Transition Project survey on political development, focusing on the critical need for reform and offering new ways to achieve it.  These new ideas for the way forward have been tested with 1,205 respondents in this first-of-its-kind report.

 The National Democratic Institute and Community Development Initiative Foundation commissioned this research from the Hong Kong Transition Project. 

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