AuthorSmith, Mike
PositionLetter to the editor


Gerald Hensley notes (vol 45, no 5) that the means by which sovereignty over Hong Kong was returned to China was by way of an international treaty signed by China and Britain and registered with the United Nations. Article 23 of that treaty provided that a security law guarding against subversion and terrorism would be passed by the interim Hong Kong government. That was never done. In the face of increasingly violent agitation, supported by external actors and the United States, the central government rectified the omission. My connections tell me Hong Kong is once again peaceful.

Hong Kong was ceded to Britain also by way of a treaty, the 1842 Treaty of Nanjing, a result of the so-called Opium Wars, where Britain's superior gunnery forced China to take...

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