China Focus: U.K. ought not lecture China over Hong Kong

A professor at one Chinese university says the United Kingdom ought to remember its own recent history before it considers criticizing China.

Some in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and certainly the United Kingdom have long chafed at the idea that Hong Kong is part of China. Their sentiments predate and postdate the return of Hong Kong in 1997.

Perhaps no other country in the world is more responsible than the United Kingdom for initiating China’s “century of humiliation,” a period that saw the British effectively seizing control of Hong Kong and other areas and opening the door for other foreign powers to do the same. The return of Hong Kong was supposed to help heal that difficult history in part. After making British sovereignty the driving principle of Brexit, doesn’t London understand Beijing’s similar position?

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