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Old 08-05-2016, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by GoldenTiger View Post
Of course HK is unique, but the closest city to Hong Kong is Singapore, which also has British influence. Other free ports and tax havens that have British influence are Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, etc. Things could've turned out very differently if HK was not British.
You do realize for every successful and rich ex-british colony, there are 10 that are pissing poor today, right?

To infer somehow Britain is good at creating successful cities is just wishful thinking.
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Old 08-05-2016, 08:37 AM
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All I am saying is that Hong Kong is more stable than anywhere in mainland China in the 1980s, and the Tiananmen Massacre is proof of that. If you still believe China was the greatest and the most whatever, feel free to believe that yourself! I can't convince you otherwise. The fact is that the rest of the world thought China was unstable when the Tiananmen protests and massacre happened! Actually, I've been to both China and Hong Kong in the 1980s and 1990s, and while China might be growing economically very fast during some years, it is very obvious that Hong Kong still is more economically advanced in every aspect before the new millennium.

No need to muddle the issue with what happened in the US in 2001.
Have I ever hinted China was greatest?

The world believed... but the world was wrong, wasn't it? And you are now taking this wrong belief as evidence that HK is more stable than the rest of China? What kind of logic is that? The fact is the opposite, since the 1990s, China surged and HK is losing its glamour faster you would think in the 80s. Why the hell in China gives a flying a$$ about HK nowadays?

Of course HK is more advanced before the new millennium. It is more advanced today as well, but it is due to the special status it was given, and the fact that it is just a moderate sized city of 8m. If the same special treatment was given to any other city, that city would be as rich as HK too, with or without the UK rules. It is really not that hard to make a city of 8m rich when it gets the good policy and resources.
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