Letter: Chinese farewell to Britain

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Sir: One's most lasting impression, after a week in Hong Kong prior to, during and after the handover ceremonies, has to be that there was no evidence of fear, sorrow, exhilaration or triumphalism among the population: only a collective sigh of relief that the transition had been a peaceful one. The general mood seemed to be "Now we can get back to living our normal lives again."

It was said by one commentator that there was not a dry eye in the place. If true, this was not due to tears of sorrow or joy, but the climate - the wettest in the Territory's history for over 50 years.

As for the much-mooted tensions that were to be aroused when the British and American official delegations left at midnight, before the inaugural ceremonies began, no one even noticed their departure.


Aberangell, Gwynedd