Hong Kong: British Option: Foreclosed

British Option: Foreclosed

Deeply traumatized by China's bloody crackdown on students in Tiananmen Square, Hong Kong has been looking back to London for reassurance that the same thing won't happen there when Beijing assumes control of the crown colony in 1997. At the least, Hong Kong's 5.7 million Chinese want the option of moving to Britain. Last week British Foreign Secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe was dispatched to the colony to allay fears, but his visit only managed to make a bad situation worse.

Howe brought a blunt and unwelcome message: "There is simply no way a British government could grant to several million people...

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