The Chinese and Hong Kong flags are flown outside Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal. Judicial independence is stipulated in the Basic Law; and whichever way we interpret “separation of powers” does not detract from that constitutional fact. Photo: AFPThe Chinese and Hong Kong flags are flown outside Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal. Judicial independence is stipulated in the Basic Law; and whichever way we interpret “separation of powers” does not detract from that constitutional fact. Photo: AFP
The Chinese and Hong Kong flags are flown outside Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal. Judicial independence is stipulated in the Basic Law; and whichever way we interpret “separation of powers” does not detract from that constitutional fact. Photo: AFP
Alice Wu
Opinion

Opinion

Alice Wu

In Hong Kong, separation of powers has been a non-issue since 1987

  • Beijing’s position has been consistent since Deng Xiaoping made it clear that Hong Kong would not follow the Western model: political power is granted by the central government and the political system is executive-led, as laid out in the Basic Law

The Chinese and Hong Kong flags are flown outside Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal. Judicial independence is stipulated in the Basic Law; and whichever way we interpret “separation of powers” does not detract from that constitutional fact. Photo: AFPThe Chinese and Hong Kong flags are flown outside Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal. Judicial independence is stipulated in the Basic Law; and whichever way we interpret “separation of powers” does not detract from that constitutional fact. Photo: AFP
The Chinese and Hong Kong flags are flown outside Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal. Judicial independence is stipulated in the Basic Law; and whichever way we interpret “separation of powers” does not detract from that constitutional fact. Photo: AFP
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