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The secret history of Hong Kong’s stillborn democracy
Quartz, 10-Oct-2014
A good write-up which debunks the critcism from China that "the British wouldn't let HK people freely choose their leader so why should we?". The PRC would not let them, as was made clear via a message to Harold MacMillan from Premier Zhou En-lai in 1958. Obviously giving HK self-determination would have made Chinese recovery of HK much harder.

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