Saturday, 13 January 2018

Handing back Hong Kong

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I was just told that Israel takes 55% of its fresh water from the sea. Couldn't Britain have arranged for Hong Kong to desalinate sea water rather than handing it to China in 1997, when the lease on the New Territories, with their water supply, expired?

It is so sad for so many reasons that Hong Kong now belongs to China.

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  1. It is so sad for so many reasons that Hong Kong now belongs to China.

    I was in Hong Kong in '81. There's no question that British Hong Kong was a fascinating place and I'm quite sad also that it's gone.

    But there was no way Britain could have kept Hong Kong. It's a huge national pride thing for the Chinese. To the Chinese Hong Kong was a symbol of a couple of centuries of national humiliation at the hands of the European powers. Add to that the grudge of the Opium Wars. The Chinese were always going to get Hong Kong back.

    Plus Britain could not rely on American support. The complete destruction of the British Empire was a key component of post-war US foreign policy.

    But I do have a certain nostalgia for British Hong Kong.

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    1. The British Empire was doomed on May 28 1940 when the peace-seeking Halifax was outmanouvered by the mad butcher Churchill. Had it gone the other way way, Hong Kong and much of the world would still be under the British flag.

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    2. The British Empire was doomed on May 28 1940 when the peace-seeking Halifax was outmanoeuvred by the mad butcher Churchill. Had it gone the other way way, Hong Kong and much of the world would still be under the British flag.

      That's basically true. Except it was even worse. Thanks to the half-American Churchill Britain became part of the American Empire.

      Churchill's delusion was that it was going to be a partnership. It's a partnership the same way a relationship between a master and his slave is a partnership.

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