Legal Trivia Quiz #43

This month, we focus on current and historical borders and other geographical oddities.

The questions have been prepared by Douglas Clark, Barrister-at-Law. Suggestions for questions to appear in next month’s journal are most welcome.

1. Under the Convention of Peking, where is the border between Kowloon and the New Territories?

A. The line running along Kowloon Peak, Tung Shan, Tate’s Cairn, Temple Hill, Unicorn Ridge, Lion Rock, Beacon Hill and Crow’s Nest
B. Boundary Road in Mong Kok
C. Kowloon Walled City

2. The border between North and South Korea was originally set at which parallel?

A. The 38th parallel
B. The 43rd parallel
C. The 48th parallel
D. The 49th parallel

3. Yes or no: Has there ever been a land border between Japan and Russia?

A. Yes
B. No

4. What river serves as the principal land border between Hong Kong and the Mainland of China?

A. Mirs River
B. Deep River
C. Dongjiang River
D. Shenzhen (or Sham Chun) River

5. Which part of Russia borders onto Poland?

A. Belarus
B. Lithuania
C. Kalingrad
D. None of the above

6. What is the name of the exclave of the United States to the south of British Columbia in Canada?

A. Point Roberts
B. Tsawwassen
C. Sumas
D. Blaine

7. Which of the following countries does not share a border with Russia?

A. North Korea
B. Mongolia
C. Armenia
D. Kazakhstan

8. Under international law, what was the status of the former International Settlement in Shanghai?

A. A colony
B. A concession
C. British sovereign territory
D. It had no special status

9. Which sovereign state is found in the centre of Rome, Italy?

A. Vatican City
B. Sovereign Order of Malta
C. The Roman Legion

10. Which country has sovereign base areas in Cyprus?

A. Turkey
B. Greece
C. Britain
D. United States of America

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Answers to Legal Trivia Quiz #42

  1. C. Yang Shangkung, as President of China, issued the decree promulgating the Basic Law.
  2. A. True. The English text of the Basic Law is equally authentic to the Chinese text (save that in the event of discrepancies, the Chinese text prevails).
  3. D. The Law on National Defence is not listed as a law applying to Hong Kong.
  4. D. The Government of Hong Kong is given authority to issue Hong Kong currency. The government may in turn authorise designated banks to issue currency (Art. 111).
  5. B. Foreign warships need central government permission to enter Hong Kong waters (Art. 126).
  6. A&B. Article 43(2) provides the Chief Executive shall be accountable to the Central People’s Government and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
  7. B. Under Art. 46, the Chief Executive may not serve more than two consecutive terms, meaning s/he may serve more than two terms provided they are not consecutive.
  8. B. Members of Executive Council may not be foreign nationals (Art. 55(2)).
  9. C. Judges may be recruited from common law jurisdictions without any other restrictions (Art. 92).
  10. A. Only the National People’s Congress has the power to amend the Basic Law (Art. 159).

We would like to congratulate Aiden Lo, Trainee Solicitor, Lo & Lo Solicitors & Notaries Public, the winner of our Legal Quiz #42.



Mr. Clark is a barrister (and former solicitor) practising in Hong Kong. His practice focuses primarily on intellectual property and related areas.  From September 2016, he has been appointed an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong to teach the IP LLM course. Mr. Clark is General Editor and a co-author ofIntellectual Property Rights: Hong Kong SAR and the People’s Republic of China and author of Patent Litigation in China. He has also published a history of British and American extraterritoriality in China, Gunboat Justice