Hong Kong the Turbulent Times

Hong Kong the Turbulent Times

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The author, a journalist, a front-row observer witnessing the tranformation of China since the mid-1960s, discusses the British policy and actions concerning its China coast colony as well as China's handling of its new possession, which Britain bequeathed, in the words of its last Hong Kong governor, as something larger than Cleopatra's dowry.

The bequest has benefitted Britain enormously. Its exports to China skyrocketed, from ?1.9 billion to ?22.3 billion between 1999 and 2017.

Meanwhile, Beijing's move to chip away at the freedoms guaranteed in the Sino-British Joint Declaration, and the Basic Law, has made many Hong Kongers rise in protest. This unrest was in its sixth month as this book went to print.

Where will it lead? Will Hong Kong become the tail that will wag the dog, and bring down the communist dictatorship in China, now in its eighth decade? Other communist dictatorships in the Soviet Union and its satellites in Eastern Europe, from which Chinese communists had drawn inspiration, have crumbled in their seventh decade.

The author, a journalist, a front-row observer witnessing the tranformation of China since the mid-1960s, discusses the British policy and actions concerning its China coast colony as well as China's handling of its new possession, which Britain bequeathed, in the words of its last Hong Kong governor, as something larger than Cleopatra's dowry.

The bequest has benefitted Britain enormously. Its exports to China skyrocketed, from ?1.9 billion to ?22.3 billion between 1999 and 2017.

Meanwhile, Beijing's move to chip away at the freedoms guaranteed in the Sino-British Joint Declaration, and the Basic Law, has made many Hong Kongers rise in protest. This unrest was in its sixth month as this book went to print.

Where will it lead? Will Hong Kong become the tail that will wag the dog, and bring down the communist dictatorship in China, now in its eighth decade? Other communist dictatorships in the Soviet Union and its satellites in Eastern Europe, from which Chinese communists had drawn inspiration, have crumbled in their seventh decade.