China has betrayed the people of Hong Kong so the West should stop kowtowing to Beijing for an illusory great pot of gold, said Chris Patten, the last governor of the former British colony.
Beijing is set to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong after a sustained campaign of pro-democracy protests last year in the city, which enjoys many freedoms not allowed on mainland China.“The Hong Kong people have been betrayed by China,” Patten was quoted as saying by The Times newspaper. Britain has a “moral, economic and legal” duty to stand up for Hong Kong, he said.
Patten watched as the British flag was lowered over Hong Kong when the colony was handed back to China in 1997 after more than 150 years of British rule.Hong Kong’s autonomy was guaranteed under the “one country, two systems” agreement principle enshrined in the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration signed by then Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
But China’s plans to impose national security laws on Hong Kong risk destroying the Declaration, Patten said. The United States has branded the laws a “death knell” for the city’s autonomy.“What we are seeing is a new Chinese dictatorship,” Patten said. “The British government should make it clear that what we are seeing is a complete destruction of the Joint Declaration.”
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said her government will “fully cooperate” with the Chinese parliament to safeguard national security, which she said would not affect rights, freedoms or judicial independence.Patten said the West should stop chasing the illusory promise of Chinese gold.
“We should stop being fooled that somehow at the end of the all the kowtowing there’s this great pot of gold waiting for us. It’s always been an illusion,” Patten said.“We keep on kidding ourselves that unless we do everything that China wants we will somehow miss out on great trading opportunities. It’s drivel.”
The British government did not immediately comment on Saturday.Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said on Friday the government was monitoring the situation and as a party to the Joint Declaration the UK was committed to the upholding Hong Kong’s autonomy and respecting the one country, two systems model.
Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge. Editing by Jane Merriman Read more: Reuters Top News »
Taiwan to follow... Sir Chris Patten was respected by the people of Hong Kong, unlike chairman Xi, we hate China, we hate the communist thugs The communist thugs don’t follow international agreement! When those retired politicians published their opinions on the media, I know that they just want to be on the center of the stage again. Their outcries are often irrational and outdated.
So the large number of Hong Kong citizens who acquired citizenship status of other countries before the handover were not wrong “We should stop being fooled that somehow at the end of all the kowtowing there’s this great pot of gold waiting for us. It’s always been an illusion,” Even if they weren't about China, those would be wise words to live and govern by.
You are an American. There are no states in China. China is called a province or city. U.S. Intervention in China's Internal Affairs. Taiwan is Chinese territory. US Sold Arms to Taiwan. I hope people all over the world can see how insidious the United States is. Chris Patten never a clever one, but UK led the riots and helped to finance them as proven. It breaks the non-foreign interference clause in the Sino-UK agreement. Hence, legally China can close the agreement instead of waiting for another 28 years. After all Hong Kong is China.
The True Freedom is protected by LAW, US and others knew and followed that principle. But the West betrayed China, US agents and spies had sunk the Pearl of East into chaos for laws of JUST. Hypocrite's talking......again...... The face of the colonizer is really disgusting. Not only betraying, it's killing Hongkong.
China has betrayed the people of Hong Kong, and before that the UK betrayed the people of Hong Kong. Xi Jin ping is the real virus It's a new world my friends and China ain't playing. The truth be told I guess it's about time, they now have the power, funds and influence to push forward their policy as they deem fit. Same way the British did to them 177yrs ago
Was there democracy offered to Hong Kong in 150 years of British rule? Could people of Hong Kong vote their own governor and key officials themselves? The fact that a white guy was ever the governor of Hong Kong is a travesty and I'm so Happy China is doing what it is doing. We all know the Europeans and the whites of N. America have their grip over Hong Kong and Taiwan that is why China is trying to gain a firm grip on them
1 China policy is only way to heal their trauma of the Western (and maybe Japanese) Impact. Wake up. the British Empire is dead(ﾉꐦ ⊙曲ఠ)ﾉ彡┻━┻ I mean this Asian dude has a point..it makes sense that he knows what's better for you... Yeah maybe Chinese people are a million times better now that are free from the colonisers but do they really know what is better if the white man doesn't tell them....
Fat Pang is such a hypocrite Will he lobby for HK BNO passport holders to legally work and live in UK? Thought so To be exact, some rioters and people with ulterior motives in Hong Kong have betrayed Hong Kong and China Look who’s talking. When I was a girl and Hong Kong belonged to UK, I stayed at Hong Kong with my family. We enjoyed very much. After coronavirus disappears, I hope I can enjoy my stay at Hong Kong in China with my husband.
Has HK been turning away from China or China turning away from HK? If you get this right then it is clear thay HK has been the one betrayeding. I wonder what British government will do for Hong Kong as they trusted China that much to bring the 7million citizens to China in 1997. what could else be expected from china
China has destroyed the world they need to be held accountable MakeChinaPay BoycottChineseProducts CCP_is_terrorist 奴隶主slave owner 's delusion please StandWithHongKong The reason why the chinese public is celebrating the new legislation is, that it is a symbol of victory against the still hated former colonial powers, especially the UK which stands for a period of chaos and humiliation in China. Such comments only reonforce this perception.
Time to send some gunboats to restore Pax Brittanica. Bejing's CCP thugs will call Patten vile names and claim they follow the Sino-British Joint Declaration. They are liars. China's dictators are the Nazis of the 21st Century. Stop them now with an economic, cyber, and information war, or they'll lead us into the last real war.
HK is no longer a colony, you pathetic former colonizer. Do you want to watch the mob destroy Hong Kong? Same way the British betrayed Ireland partitioning the country Causing years of violence UK has long “betrayed” Hong Kong and traded it to China in 1984 in exchange for the sake of its own best interests, not on behalf of the HK and it’s people, if not so, why UK didn’t grant the real democracy under its governance to HK by then, and now it seems to care?
Former colonizer... you were all stupid enough to believe the CCP! Despotic regime of a country with a culture of dishonesty lies. More at 11. Former governor, symbol of colonialism, in other words, symbol of loser. What else can you expect from CHINA ? Treason is not democracy. Terrorism is not freedom. Are they allowed in any country?🤔
Hong Kong belongs to China, that is it. British era has long ceased. You are naive if you expected anything else. Says the former colonizer and subjugator of Asian countries. And what will be do about it? And he's white! CCP did, do and will continue betray the full world. Sounds like a normal day That's the world opinion; unfortunately, China seldom listens to the rest of the world.
fu*k colonialism！ China has betrayed whole world
China has betrayed Hong Kong so West should stop fooling itself, former Hong Kong governor saysChina has betrayed the people of Hong Kong so the West should stop kowtowing to Beijing for an illusory great pot of gold, said Chris Patten, the last governor of the former British colony. Вы молодцы What to do? The old man is a symbol of human rights abuses
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