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 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
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
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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: 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
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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Alice Wu

Alice Wu

Alice Wu fell down the rabbit hole of politics aged 12, when she ran her first election campaign. She has been writing about local politics and current affairs for the Post since 2008. Alice's daily needs include her journals, books, a multi-coloured pen and several lattes.