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By Steve Tsang

From a little-known fishing neighborhood on the outer edge of China, Hong Kong built into one of many world's such a lot fantastic and cosmopolitan metropoles after a century and a half British imperial rule. This historical past of Hong Kong -- from its profession through the British in 1841 to its go back to chinese language sovereignty in 1997 -- contains the root of contemporary Hong Kong; its advancements as an imperial outpost, its transformation into the "pearl" of the British Empire and of the Orient and the occasions resulting in the tip of British rule. according to broad study in British and chinese language resources, either reliable and personal, the ebook addresses the altering relatives among the neighborhood chinese language and the expatriate groups in 156 years of British rule, and the emergence of an area identification. It ends with a serious yet dispassionate exam of Hong Kong's transition from a British Crown Colony to a chinese language specified Administrative zone.

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He expressed a desire ‘to attach them more closely to the British connection, and to increase their practical interest in public affairs’. 68 Following Chamberlain’s ruling, the colonial government increased the number of Chinese unofficial members in the Legislative Council by one, giving two of the six unofficial seats to this numerically largest community. Appointing Chinese unofficial members of the Legislative Council was a fundamentally different issue from having elected ones. The former was acceptable to the British government, as the appointment system allowed for the selection of trusted and sound British subjects, an outcome that could not be guaranteed under popular elections.

The rise of the cadets gave the colonial bureaucracy its own character. It included a significant enhancement of the ability of senior policymakers to understand the views of the Chinese population, the predominance of the generalists, and a generally paternalistic though benevolent attitude in dealing with the local Chinese. A major change that happened after the Second World War was the recruitment of ethnic Chinese into this small elitist ser vice, which had previously been reser ved for men of pure European descent.

Although the Convention for ms the basis of the leasehold, the authority for the extension of British jurisdiction comes from a different instrument, the Royal Order in Council of 20 October 1898. By this order, the New Territories were made ‘part and parcel of Her Majesty’s Colony of Hong Kong in like manner and for all intents and purposes as if they had originally formed part of the said Colony’. 78 The duration of this extension of jurisdiction was, however, limited to the period ‘during the continuance of the said lease’.

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