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Economic History of Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s economic and political history has been primarily determined by its geographical location. The territory of Hong Kong is comprised of two main islands (Hong Kong Island and Lantau Island) and a mainland hinterland. It thus forms a natural geographic port for Guangdong province in Southeast China. In a sense, there is considerable continuity in Hong Kong’s position in the international economy since its origins were as a commercial entrepot for China’s regional and global trade, and this is still a role it plays today. From a relatively unpopulated territory at the beginning of the nineteenth century, Hong Kong grew to become one of the most important international financial centers in the world. Hong Kong also underwent a rapid and successful process of industrialization from the 1950s that captured the imagination of economists and historians in the 1980s and 1990s.
Hong Kong from 1842 to 1949
After being ceded by China to the British under the Treaty of Nanking in 1842, the colony of Hong Kong quickly became a regional center for financial and commercial services based particularly around the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank and merchant companies such as Jardine Matheson. In 1841 there were only 7500 Chinese inhabitants of Hong Kong and a handful of foreigners, but by 1859 the Chinese community was over 85,000 supplemented by about 1600 foreigners. The economy was closely linked to commercial activity, dominated by shipping, banking and merchant companies. Gradually there was increasing diversification to services and retail outlets to meet the needs of the local population, and also shipbuilding and maintenance linked to the presence of the British naval and merchant shipping. There was some industrial expansion in the nineteenth century; notably sugar refining, cement and ice factories among the foreign sector, alongside smaller-scale local workshop manufactures. The mainland territory of Hong Kong was ceded to British rule by two further treaties in this period; Kowloon in 1860 and the New Territories in 1898.
Hong Kong was profoundly affected by the disastrous events in Mainland China in the inter-war period. After overthrow of the dynastic system in 1911, the Kuomintang (KMT) took a decade to pull together a republican nation-state. The Great Depression and fluctuations in the international price of silver then disrupted China’s economic relations with the rest of the world in the 1930s. From 1937, China descended into the Sino-Japanese War. Two years after the end of World War II, the civil war between the KMT and Chinese Communist Party pushed China into a downward economic spiral. During this period, Hong Kong suffered from the slowdown in world trade and in China’s trade in particular. However, problems on the mainland also diverted business and entrepreneurs from Shanghai and other cities to the relative safety and stability of the British colonial port of Hong Kong.
Post-War Industrialization
After the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, the mainland began a process of isolation from the international economy, partly for ideological reasons and partly because of Cold War embargos on trade imposed first by the United States in 1949 and then by the United Nations in 1951. Nevertheless, Hong Kong was vital to the international economic links that the PRC continued in order to pursue industrialization and support grain imports. Even during the period of self-sufficiency in the 1960s, Hong Kong’s imports of food and water from the PRC were a vital source of foreign exchange revenue that ensured Hong Kong’s usefulness to the mainland. In turn, cheap food helped to restrain rises in the cost of living in Hong Kong thus helping to keep wages low during the period of labor-intensive industrialization.
The industrialization of Hong Kong is usually dated from the embargoes of the 1950s. Certainly, Hong Kong’s prosperity could no longer depend on the China trade in this decade. However, as seen above, industry emerged in the nineteenth century and it began to expand in the interwar period. Nevertheless, industrialization accelerated after 1945 with the inflow of refugees, entrepreneurs and capital fleeing the civil war on the mainland. The most prominent example is immigrants from Shanghai who created the cotton spinning industry in the colony. Hong Kong’s industry was founded in the textile sector in the 1950s before gradually diversifying in the 1960s to clothing, electronics, plastics and other labor-intensive production mainly for export.
The economic development of Hong Kong is unusual in a variety of respects. First, industrialization was accompanied by increasing numbers of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) rather than consolidation. In 1955, 91 percent of manufacturing establishments employed fewer than one hundred workers, a proportion that increased to 96.5 percent by 1975. Factories employing fewer than one hundred workers accounted for 42 percent of Hong Kong’s domestic exports to the U.K. in 1968, amounting to HK$1.2 billion. At the end of 2002, SMEs still amounted to 98 percent of enterprises, providing 60 percent of total private employment.
Second, until the late 1960s, the government did not engage in active industrial planning. This was partly because the government was preoccupied with social spending on housing large flows of immigrants, and partly because of an ideological sympathy for free market forces. This means that Hong Kong fits outside the usual models of Asian economic development based on state-led industrialization (Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan) or domination of foreign firms (Singapore) or large firms with close relations to the state (Japan, South Korea). Low taxes, lax employment laws, absence of government debt, and free trade are all pillars of the Hong Kong experience of economic development.
From the mid-1950s Hong Kong’s rapid success as a textile and garment exporter generated trade friction that resulted in voluntary export restraints in a series of treaties with the U.K. beginning in 1959. Despite these agreements, Hong Kong’s exporters continued to exploit their flexibility and adaptability to increase production and find new markets. Indeed, exports increased from 54% of GDP in the 1960s to 64% in the 1970s. Figure 1 shows the annual changes in the growth of real GDP per capita. In the period from 1962 until the onset of the oil crisis in 1973, the average growth rate was 6.5% per year. From 1976 to 1996 GDP grew at an average of 5.6% per year. There were negative shocks in 1967-68 as a result of local disturbances from the onset of the Cultural Revolution in the PRC, and again in 1973 to 1975 from the global oil crisis. In the early 1980s there was another negative shock related to politics, as the terms of Hong Kong’s return to PRC control in 1997 were formalized.
Reintegration with China, 1978-1997
The Open Door Policy of the PRC announced by Deng Xiao-ping at the end of 1978 marked a new era for Hong Kong’s economy. With the newly vigorous engagement of China in international trade and investment, Hong Kong’s integration with the mainland accelerated as it regained its traditional role as that country’s main provider of commercial and financial services. From 1978 to 1997, visible trade between Hong Kong and the PRC grew at an average rate of 28% per annum. At the same time, Hong Kong firms began to move their labor-intensive activities to the mainland to take advantage of cheaper labor. The integration of Hong Kong with the Pearl River delta in Guangdong is the most striking aspect of these trade and investment links. At the end of 1997, the cumulative value of Hong Kong's direct investment in Guangdong was estimated at US$48 billion, accounting for almost 80% of the total foreign direct investment there. Hong Kong companies and joint ventures in Guangdong province employed about five million people. Most of these businesses were labor-intensive assembly for export, but from 1997 onward there has been increased investment in financial services, tourism and retail trade.
Asian Financial Crisis, 1997-2002
The terms for the return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule in July 1997 carefully protected the territory’s separate economic characteristics, which have been so beneficial to the Chinese economy. Under the Basic Law, a "one country-two systems" policy was formulated which left Hong Kong monetarily and economically separate from the mainland with exchange and trade controls remaining in place as well as restrictions on the movement of people. Hong Kong was hit hard by the Asian Financial Crisis that struck the region in mid-1997, just at the time of the handover of the colony back to Chinese administrative control. The crisis prompted a collapse in share prices and the property market that affected the ability of many borrowers to repay bank loans. Unlike most Asian countries, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and mainland China maintained their currencies’ exchange rates with the U.S. dollar rather than devaluing. Along with the Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) threat in 2002, the Asian Financial Crisis pushed Hong Kong into a new era of recession with a rise in unemployment (6% on average from 1998-2003) and absolute declines in output and prices.

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Ang Kristiyanismo ay relihiyon na nakatuon sa buhay at pagtuturo ni Hesus ng Nazareth. Ang mga Kristiyano ay naniniwala na si Hesus—na tinatawag ding "Hesukristo"—ang Anak ng Diyos at ang Tagapagligtas na inihayag sa Lumang Tipan. Pinaniniwalaan nila ang Bagong Tipan bilang talaan ng mabuting balita na inilahad ni Hesus. Samantala, ang Filipinas ang pangunahing Kristiyanong bansa sa Asya. Tinatayang 85 porsiyento ng populasyon sa Filipinas ay Romano Katoliko, 10 porsiyento ang Muslim, at limang porsiyento ang iba pang relihiyon.
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Ang Bibliya, Biblya (ponemikong baybay), o Biblia (mala-Kastila at maka-Griyegong pagbabaybay) ay isang kalipunan ng mga itinuturing na Banal na Kasulatan sa Kristiyanismo. Bagaman isinulat lamang ito ng mga tao, itinuturing din itong "mismong salita ng Diyos." Inilalarawan ang Bibliya bilang isang napakalaking aklat, naglalaman ng ilang maituturing na mga nakalilitong mga pananalita, may mga gawing pambihira ang mga tauhan ng Bibliya kung ihahambing sa mga gawi ng mga mamamayang nabubuhay sa pangkasalukuyan, partikular na ang sa ika-21 daantaon. Isang aklat ng sari-saring mga bagay ang Bibliya na kinalalagakan ng Lumang Tipan, Bagong Tipan, at Apokripa. Isang tala ng isang "sinaunang pangako" ng Diyos sa Israel o mga Hudyo ang Lumang Tipan. Tinatalakay naman sa Bagong Tipan ang "katuparan" ng Kristiyanismo sa pamamagitan ng katauhan at mensahe ni Hesus. Sa gitna ng Luma at Bagong mga Tipan, nagsasalaysay ng kasaysayan at mga diwa ang Apokripa.
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Ang mga iba't ibang pangkat o kung tawagin ay mga "Simbahan" sa loob ng Kristiyanismo ay may magkakaibang pananaw ukol sa relihiyong ito, subalit ang karamihan ng mga kasapi ay may mga magkakahawig o magkatulad na mga doktrina, o mga paniniwalang opisyal. Kasama rito ay ang:Mga halimbawa ng mga relihiyosong bagay sa Kristiyanismo-Katoliko: Bibliya, krusipiho, at rosaryo.
Sa pangalan pa lamang na "Kristiyanismo, halatang ang pinaka-sentro ng teolohiyang Kristiyano ay ang paniwalang si Hesus ay ang Mesias (Hebreo: מָשִׁיחַ, māšiáħ) o ang Kristo (hango sa salitang Kastilang "Cristo", na mula naman sa Griyegong Χριστός, Christos). Pinaniniwalaang si Hesus, bilang Mesias, ay ang Manunubos at Hari ng sangkatauhan, at ang kaniyang pagparito ay ang katuparan ng mga propesiya ng Lumang Tipan. Iba ito mula sa konsepto ng Mesias ng mga Hudyo, sapagkat ang sentrong paniniwala ng Kristiyanismo ay sa pamamagitan ng pagkamatay at muling pagkabuhay ni Hesus, ang mga makasalanan ay bumalik na sa Panginoon, nailigtas mula sa kasalanan, at nakamit ang buhay na walang hanggan.Sa halip ng mga debate ukol sa tunay na pagkatao ni Hesus, ang karamihan sa mga Kristiyano'y naniniwala na siya ay Diyos na nagkatawang-tao at "tunay na Diyos na nagkatawang tao".
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Jesus or Christ, is the central figure of Christianity. Most Christian denominations venerate him as God the Son incarnated and believe that he rose from the dead after being crucified. The principal sources of information regarding Jesus are the four canonical gospels and most biblical scholars find them useful for reconstructing Jesus' life and teachings. Some scholars believe apocryphal texts such as the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of the Hebrews are also relevant. Most critical historians agree that Jesus was a Jew who was regarded as a teacher and healer, that he was baptized by John the Baptist, and was crucified in Jerusalem on the orders of the Roman Prefect of Judaea, Pontius Pilate, on the charge of sedition against the Roman Empire.

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