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Dear Geoffrey and Sabiha,
Nice of you to touch base again with Jacques
Ancher. Luckily I see him on a regular basis. Early September he, Henny
Essenberg and I embarked on a three-day walking trip through our country.
A major topic during our regular get togethers is obviously KLM, I should
say Air France KLM! We hope that this airline system will survive these
dramatic Corona times.
I sincerely hope that you two and your dear
family are safe and healthy. Unfortunately
we cannot say: until we meet again in Istanbul, Munich or any other IATA,
TIACA event. I miss the contact and the network. So FlyingTypers is
an important feature to ensure that we keep communicating.
Take good care!
Big hugs in Corona style,
is Once in the Future
A recent FlyingTypers made the
“Now that China has ended “One
Country, Two Systems” in Hong Kong.”
Here I’d like to respectfully disagree
with that statement.
In fact it's a long way from the real situation.
Back before 1997 when the future of Hong
Kong was being negotiated, our Constitution known as the basic law was
negotiated between the British administration of Hong Kong and China.
Contained in this document in Article 23 is the following wording:
“The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall enact laws on
its own to prohibit any act of treason, secession, sedition, subversion
against the Central People’s Government, or theft of state secrets
to prohibit foreign political organizations or bodies from conducting
political activities in the Region, and to prohibit political organizations
or bodies of the Region from establishing ties with foreign political
organizations or bodies.”
Now here is the problem, a couple of years
after 1997 the Hong Kong government proposed legislation in order to comply
with this article but there was a huge outcry and in the end the government
Fast forward now to 2019.
Still no such law, and plenty of evidence
of meddling by foreign organizations in the affairs of Hong Kong (there
is documentary evidence of U.S. activity in this direction).
What was Beijing supposed to do?
Hong Kong had 23 years to comply with the
requirement agreed in the basic law and had failed to do so, meanwhile
we were seeing daily riots in Hong Kong, attacks on the police and on
anybody who had an opposing position, plus daily attacks on things like
our transport infrastructure and any business considered to have any connection
This kind of activity would never be tolerated
anywhere else in the world but which was routinely encouraged by various
Things simply reached the point when Beijing
had enough, and they stepped in and put in place the legal structure that
the Hong Kong government should've done over 20 years ago, the actual
wording of the new law is nothing different then should've been enacted
under Article 23.
So I'm afraid I would have to disagree wholeheartedly
with you when you say that China has ended one country two systems.
I don't know from whom you get your information
on this subject, as I say there is as much polarization on this as there
is on Brexit or any other political discussion these days.
And, on a point of history,
seeing as you showed a picture of the Yalta Conference, you also need
to make reference to the Cairo Conference, held in 1943 and attended by
Roosevelt, Churchill, and Chiang Kai Shek.
Actually at this conference, a number of
very far reaching agreements were made that still have resonance today.
Chinese history is never simple.