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Last Governor : Chris Patten and the Handover of Hong Kong - by Jonathan Dimbleby (Paperback)
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1 July 1997 marked the end of British rule of Hong Kong, whereby this territory was passed into the hands of the People’s Republic of China.In 1992, Chris Patten, former chairman of the Conservative Party, was appointed Hong Kong's last governor, and was the man to oversee the handover ceremony of this former British colony.Within the last five years of British rule, acclaimed journalist Jonathan Dimbleby was given unique access to the governor which enabled him to document the twists and turns of such an extraordinary diplomatic, political and personal drama.As Governor, Patten encouraged the necessary expansion of Hong Kong's social welfare system, striving to reconcile the basic rights and freedom of over 6 million people with the unpredictable imperatives of Beijing.Drawing on the insights of a host of senior figures, the author places the crisis in both its human and historical contexts, and presents some startling arguments about the conduct of British foreign policy on Hong Kong before and during Patten's tenure.
Number of Pages: 550
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, History
Sub-Genre: Presidents & Heads of State, Europe, Asia
Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc
Book theme: Great Britain, General, China
Author: Jonathan Dimbleby
Street Date: November 16, 2018
Item Number (DPCI): 248-43-8140
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