Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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What we are trying to do in this meeting is to predict what Hong Kong is going to become. One thing of which we can be fairly confident is that we can't know now what Hong Kong will become. Yet speculating is often worthwhile, and so this morning I've asked Peter [Wesley-Smith] and I gave him two minutes' warning--to continue what he had done at the outset of yesterday's sessions. You'll remember that he described a history of the relationship among Hong Kong, various treaties, and what is now the People's Republic of China (hereinafter P.R.C.). I've asked Peter if he would be willing to begin today's session by giving a projection of what he sees as the future of Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China for the next twenty to twenty-five years. I expect the other panelists will get started from that, and then we'll get audience members involved as well.