The Boston Globe article on this Sunday.
“In 1842, on a British warship anchored off the city of Nanjing, Chinese and British representatives signed a treaty that brought the First Opium War to an end. The British victory had been decisive, and along with the reparations and trade concessions exacted from China was the requirement that Hong Kong, a coastal island sparsely populated by farmers, fishermen, and the occasional pirate, be given to the British in perpetuity as a crown colony.’
A kind of upset of the article twisting history and the truth. It reflects the ignorance of the west and journalists.
How outrageous to say the opium pusher (the Britons), was good for the victim (Chinese)?
If it is your reason using force to enforce the opium trade to developing countries, what kind of civilization we’re in?
The British Parliament favored trade profit over justice. They had nothing to trade with China’s silk, porcelain…, but plenty of opium grown in India.
Britons did provide Hong Kong with stability (but stole a lot from Hong Kong as most colonial masters did). HK’s success is on mainly due to its special location (close to China), the expert businessmen from Shanghai and the cheap labor of the refugees.