2004 INDEXCountry Ranks
Hong Kong Index
Hong Kong Introduction - 2004
SOURCE: 2004 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
Occupied by the UK in 1841, Hong Kong was formally ceded by China the following year; various adjacent lands were added later in the 19th century. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and the UK on 19 December 1984, Hong Kong became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China on 1 July 1997. In this agreement, China has promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's socialist economic system will not be imposed on Hong Kong and that Hong Kong will enjoy a high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign and defense affairs for the next 50 years.
NOTE: The information regarding Hong Kong on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Hong Kong Introduction 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Hong Kong Introduction 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.