By Steve Tsang
From a little-known fishing group on the outer edge of China, Hong Kong built into one of many world's so much miraculous and cosmopolitan towns after a century and a half British imperial rule. The heritage of Hong Kong, from its profession via the British in 1841 to its go back to chinese language sovereignty in 1997, is an engaging tale of East assembly West. This publication addresses the altering relatives among the neighborhood chinese language and expatriate groups in 156 years of British rule, and the emergence of an area id. It explains the significance of China as an element in its improvement and the origins of the so-called "1997 problems," therefore interpreting the underlying purposes for the increase of a liberal society devoted to the rule of thumb of legislation with out democracy.
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22 This assertion has been challenged by recent research, which suggests no British flag could have been flying on board and therefore no insult to it could have happened. 23 Whatever actually happened at the Arrow and the original intention of the Chinese authorities, the incident was seized on by Parkes and Bowring to pursue a forward policy which they were already contemplating. In their efforts to seek redress, neither was prepared to give the Chinese authorities much scope to work out an amicable settlement.
The Chinese were in no position to resist. For them it was a matter of minimising the losses. They formally signed the second Convention of Peking on 9 June and it came into effect on 1 July. Negotiators from both sides shared an important common ground. They wanted to prevent other powers seizing on the extension of Hong Kong to demand further territorial concessions from China. Thus, while the negotiations were tough, given the circumstances, they took place in a remarkable atmosphere of cooperation.
In sanctioning this expansion, Foreign Secretary Lord Russell made it clear to Elgin that while the annexation ‘would undoubtedly be a great convenience as far as the interests of Her Majesty’s Colony of Hongkong are concerned… if it were to for m a precedent for a demand of a corresponding concession on the part of any other Powers in some other quarter, the convenience would be too dearly purchased’. 43 While the British behaved in a classic imperialist manner, their priority was not territorial expansion.
A Modern History of Hong Kong by Steve Tsang