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Chinese intervention in Hong Kong would be a 'catastrophe', Patten says

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13 hours ago, Brickbat said:

Says the Clown that was in charge of Interfering while he was Governor of a land that did not belong to the British 

Nonsense. Hong Kong was leased by the Chinese to the British and when the lease expired Patten did an excellent job of negotiating a peaceful handover, with a 50 year buffer before China took full control. Only the Chinese couldn't wait that long.

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4 minutes ago, roquefort said:

Nonsense. Hong Kong was leased by the Chinese to the British and when the lease expired Patten did an excellent job of negotiating a peaceful handover, with a 50 year buffer before China took full control. Only the Chinese couldn't wait that long.

So what has changed since 1998?

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7 minutes ago, Traubert said:

So what has changed since 1998?

Nothing, except the provision for election of HK's Chief Executive by universal suffrage has never been implemented. That was what triggered the Umbrella protests in 2014 and is the root of the current unrest.

The protests began after the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC) issued a decision regarding proposed reforms to the Hong Kong electoral system. The decision was widely seen to be highly restrictive, and tantamount to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s pre-screening of the candidates for the Chief Executive of Hong Kong

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