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Post time 2019-7-8 13:38:21 |Display all floors
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(China Daily) In an article published in Financial Times, Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, emphasized Britain's "obligations to Hong Kong" according to the Sino-British Joint Declaration, whereas, in fact, any British obligations ended with the resumption of China's sovereignty in 1997.


What Patten was trying to do was to justify and glorify the violence of some of the recent protests against the extradition law amendment, to project the illusion that Britain is the protector of the "freedom" and "well-being" of residents in the special administrative region. Nothing could be further from the truth.


Since its return to China, Hong Kong enjoys more democracy and freedom than any time in the 155 years of British rule thanks to the Basic Law.


For example, all of the 28 Hong Kong governors, Chris Patten included, were appointed by the British monarch, and they monopolized both the executive and legislative powers. And Hong Kong residents had no say in any affair concerning the governance of the city.


But after 1997, democracy has progressed by leaps and bounds over merely two decades: The SAR's CE is now elected by a highly-representative selection committee; and half of its 70-member legislature are now elected directly, the remainders indirectly.


All Hong Kong residents now enjoy a wealth of civil and political rights they couldn't have imagined before 1997. These include, among others, freedom of expression, freedom of speech and freedom of the press, as evidenced in the recent events surrounding the extradition law amendment controversy.


Patten's claim that "the UK has every right to discuss with China what is happening in its former colony" is both outrageous and preposterous. The British snatched Hong Kong from China at the point of a bayonet and gun to "punish" the country for refusing to allow the British to sell opium to the Chinese people. Patten is saying the bandits should have a say in how to dispose of the stolen goods after they are recovered via due process.


Patten painstakingly argued that "it would be nice to think…that it (Britain) still understands how to behave with integrity". Unfortunately, he has demonstrated that it doesn't by refusing to rid himself of his colonial delusions – more than two decades after he left Hong Kong. Since that day he has never wasted a single opportunity to advance his China-bashing career, simply because he bears a grudge against Beijing after his humiliating failure in setting up political institutions that would allow the British to continue to have a say in Hong Kong affairs through their proxies in the city.


Time marches on, but there are always those like Patten who are unable to keep up.


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Post time 2019-7-8 22:28:49 |Display all floors
It's laughable John Bull meddles in HK affairs at a time when it is about to plumb the depths of misery itself after Oct 31.
Believe it or not, it's true.

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Post time 2019-7-9 06:12:07 |Display all floors
Patten is a liar, a troublemaker, an agitator and an ignorant Englishman.
Perhaps all these negative attributes of his was how he metted the top job in career as Chairman of the Tory Party, Governor of Hong Kong and Vice Chancellor of the Oxford University.
In short, Patten is a ruthless geezer who gets the top jobs, but achieved little in his tenure.
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When the dim sum Patten talked of the lack of freedom in Hong Kong, this made me laughed.
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Here, the effigies of Carrie Lam and President Xi are daily been ritually insulted, obscenely cursed in the public by HK infamous political louts.
If the English queen was insulted in such a same manner in London, the detractors will be immediately manhandled and thrown in the back of the police van, with a year or two custodial sentence expected.

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Post time 2019-7-9 11:38:05 |Display all floors
   Carrie Lam should be defenestrated.  The people of Hong Kong  don't  need a bumpkin telling them how to rule Hong Kong. She doesn't care about the will of the people to boot.  She only strives to be a Teflon sort.

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Post time 2019-7-9 11:55:54 |Display all floors
  One could argue that Patten has been a bumbler just like Carrie Lam, who hasn't been able to prove that she is qualified to be a cerebral  leader in straitened times.  On the other hand,  I think mainland China would do well to hear young people   and paupers' grievances.  They just want to find digs to live and  have a government willing to give voice to the needy' concerns.

  It's so sad that we don't have more  big-hearted politicians serving the public; besides,  It's worrisome that Tory Party members  have no choice but to pick another swivel-eyed wet  like Boris Johnson to be the  new PM.

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Post time 2019-7-9 12:27:12 |Display all floors
re:   "Does the UK still have a responsibility to Hong Kong?"

  They have indeed,

    THEY must keep their nose out of China's affairs and try to fix their own problem...

     Even their best buddy is labeling  their Ambassador ' persona non grata'...
And that 'the wonderful United Kingdom' will soon have a new Prime Minister...

     Again, stay out of China, only making a fool of the English people...

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Post time 2019-7-9 13:31:34 |Display all floors
UK should stop meddling in China's internal affairs, its Empire days are over for good, stop dreaming about the past!  HK was never a part of UK, it was robbed from China through the barrel of the gun, no legitimacy in its 150 year rule over HK.  A robber has no right to keep its loot; returning HK to China is the right thing to do for the UK to atone for its sins against the Chinese people!

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