HIS385H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Paramount Leader, David Trench, Status Quo

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Single administration of hk crown colony, 1898+ ( new territories included) New territories -> post-1945 economic growth: land mass: 10 times larger (90% of colony, water, electricity, manufacturing, kcr, new towns (railway connecting mainland china to hong kong, prosperity impossible without it. Chinese views on hong kong: unequal treaties. Hk colony unjustified: chinese communist government: hk"s return inevitable. Britain on hong kong: opium wars = free trade. Hk = spoils of war: national pride. Hk for post-1945 br. honor: post-1949: diplomatic recognition of prc. British empire after ww2: decolonization, legacy of empire = commonwealth of nations, hk"s strategic importance decreased. Strategic focus in europe and north atlantic (cold war, nato) Military in hk from 30,000 (early 1950s) to 8,000 (1970s) Prc power in asia, world: korean war, 1950-53, 1960s 1980s: india, vietnam, south china sea, atomic bomb, space program, economic influence, 1980s+

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