July 14, 1996
Does Tom Plate (Commentary, July 9) seriously believe that the gerontocrats who ran the Tiananmen massacre will so prize world opinion that they will allow free speech in Hong Kong, and nowhere else in China? And is he seriously suggesting that a newspaper in the U.S. that advocated returning California and Texas to Mexico would be shut down and the editor jailed? RICHARD ROSENBLATT San Diego In your July 7 editorial you note that Hong Kong's previously free press is now under pressure to avoid criticism of China.
April 25, 1992 |
After five sweet-and-sour years in Hong Kong, Gov. David Wilson will head for London in July, leaving the last great British colony to the man expected to be its last British governor, Chris Patten, who was named to the post Friday. Hong Kong's business and political circles had said they would prefer a politician this time after three successive diplomats. And now they will have one.
October 3, 1996 |
The last British governor's final policy address here was billed as the swan song of a lame duck. But in a personal and provocative speech Wednesday, Chris Patten showed that he is still willing to ruffle some feathers before handing Hong Kong over to China in 1997. With 272 days to go until Britain gives up the land it claimed nearly a century ago in an era of imperial dominance, Patten's address sounded more like a stump speech than an epilogue for an empire.
December 7, 1992 |
China, a major player on Hong Kong's financial markets, is ready to pay a high price in a battle to block Gov. Chris Patten's democratic reform plans, analysts say. Beijing provoked panic on the stock market last week by threatening to tear up contracts signed by the pre-1997 British colonial government without China's approval. But China appears determined to ride out the storm, even if its economic interests in the capitalist enclave of Hong Kong are put at risk.
February 25, 1994 |
Gov. Chris Patten announced Thursday that he will further press his reform campaign by making public an electoral reform bill that China strongly opposes and a sensitive government report detailing Britain's account of its failed talks with China on Hong Kong's political future.
October 12, 1995 |
Despite being dubbed "the incredible shrinking governor" this week, Chris Patten, Hong Kong's last colonial leader, is showing that he is not about to step quietly aside before China takes control of the territory in 1997. On Wednesday, Patten convened Hong Kong's first fully elected and all-Chinese legislature--the product of controversial democratic reforms that infuriated China--calling it a "historic council."
October 10, 1992 |
In barely three months on the job, Hong Kong's newest--and last--British governor, Chris Patten, has managed to rid the colony of much of its stuffy official pomposity. Unlike his seldom-seen predecessors, Patten has traversed Hong Kong meeting ordinary people, and his common touch has shot him to the top of the popularity polls. But the honeymoon may be over.
June 29, 1997 |
When Chris Patten, this territory's last British governor, leaves his stately mansion for the last time Monday, his black Daimler limousine will circle the driveway three times in a symbolic Chinese gesture to guarantee his return. "I'd like to come back," he said, "but next time as a tourist." In a way, the 53-year-old Patten has all but come full circle since his arrival in Britain's eastern most colony five years ago.
July 10, 1992 |
Christopher Patten, this colony's 28th and perhaps last governor-designate, has tossed aside the sword, white embroidered suit and swan-plumed hat that once were considered de rigueur ceremonial gear for the incoming leader of Hong Kong's government.
September 30, 1995 |
Gov. Christopher Patten has developed a reputation for controversy-stirring straight talk. But his latest comments have done more than alienate China, embarrass Britain or upset Hong Kong residents--they've accomplished all three at once. The snowy-haired governor, who avers that his conscience determines his views, has rebuked London for revoking the right of 3.3 million of this British colony's citizens to move to Britain.