Opinion

Chris Patten's Hong Kong diary gives us lessons in how to deal with China

By Mark Thomas
August 1 2022 - 7:30pm
Chris Patten at Government House shortly after he became the last governor of Hong Kong. Picture: Getty Images

When the British first tried to offer something to China, during the Macartney mission in 1793, the powers that were in Beijing responded with withering contempt. The Emperor declared that: "we possess all things. I set no value on objects strange and ingenious".

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