Hong Kong’s Global Importance
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
About The Event
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China that, unlike the mainland’s provinces, has certain political and economic freedoms. The former British colony is a global financial capital that has historically thrived off its proximity to China. But in recent years, many in Hong Kong have become concerned with intensifying economic inequality and Beijing’s efforts to encroach on the city’s political system, which sparked massive protests in 2019. As China’s economic and military might grow, some fear that Hong Kong’s significant autonomy could erode. Beijing’s passage of a new national security law in June 2020 heightened fears of its tightening grip over Hong Kong.
Eleanor will provide insights to gain a better understanding of Honk Kong and its global importance.
About The Speaker
Eleanor M. Albert’s works as the Asia writer for the explanatory journalism arm of the Council on Foreign Relations has been published, featured, or quoted in outlets including the Diplomat, the New York Times, the Atlantic’s DefenseOne, and VOA, among others. Currently, Eleanor is pursuing her Ph.D at the George Washington University to further deepen her research in Chinese foreign and domestic policy, China’s participation in global governance, and how the country exerts its influence and builds relationships.
Eleanor has lived in China and France and speaks French and Mandarin.