Insults fly on eve of Hurd's visit to HK
Thursday 15 September 1994
Mr Patten retorted yesterday that such language was 'demeaning and undignified'. He added: 'I think people who made those sorts of statements need to be very careful that they do not do very serious damage to our reputation in Hong Kong and to our prospects.'
Mr Hurd arrives in the colony today before his meeting in New York at the end of the month with the Chinese Foreign Minister, Qian Qichen. Britain has been pressing for the two countries to put political differences aside and concentrate on the practical aspects of the 1997 changeover in sovereignty.
The latest row centres on the award of part of the 'CT9' contract for a container terminal to a consortium headed by Jardine Matheson. In June, a director of the group, Martin Barrow, abstained in the Legislative Council vote on Mr Patten's electoral reform proposals, allowing the package to scrape through by one vote. Mr Patten recently warned that contracts must not be awarded according to 'political correctness'.
Sir Hamish Macleod, Hong Kong's Financial Secretary, yesterday said it was 'utterly groundless' to suggest that there was anything other than a 'level playing field' for all government contracts.
Jardine Matheson, the most British of the original trading company 'hongs', bears the brunt of Peking's attacks on colonial business in Hong Kong. The group's history as an opium trader has been compounded by support for Mr Patten, the relocation of its legal base to Bermuda, and a decision to stop listing its shares on the Hong Kong stock exchange.
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...
£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...
£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...