Letter: Why China is right to see red

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BRITAIN's quarrel with China is as unnecessary as it is damaging both to Hong Kong and to this country. The terms on which the Chinese government was to take over Hong Kong in 1997 were agreed upon after long and painstaking negotiations. They were as fair and favourable to the colony as could have been reasonably hoped for.

Why, then, stir up at this stage a sudden passion for democracy which the British colonial administration has been denying Hong Kong since 1841? The Chinese government has every right to be indignant, even though British intentions may not be as sinister as it suspects. China is the greatest nation and trading area in the world, with whom both our interests and those of Hong Kong demand the best possible relations.

The least John Major should do to minimise the damage is to recall his emissary to Hong Kong without delay.

Mrs M King