søndag 8. september 2019

Hong Kong expects democracy, the Chinese don’t want it. It was clear from the start: historian Wang Gungwu

Historian Wang Gungwu said yes to becoming vice-chancellor of the University of Hong Kong in 1985 partly because he wanted to see for himself the British colony’s transition into a special administrative region of China operating under the principle of “one country, two systems”. He knew people in Hong Kong at the time, and understood that implementing the formula would prove difficult. “Among those I knew, some were full of expectation and hope, yet also uncertainty and anxiety,” he recalled. “And some feared that things would go wrong.”