Dear Harriet.

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Dear Harriet,

My name is memorable_orchard. I would like to raise the topic of whether to intervene or not. Personally, I think that- well, I'm not sure. In Hong Kong, they are having a fight with China whether if the new law is breaking their promise called the "One Country Two Systems". Hong Kong is on their knees, begging us to come and campaign with them. Yes, they need our help, but could it affect us also?

In my opinion, we did earn Hong Kong as China lost a series of wars to us. 100 years later, we then handed the country back to China. I understand that we had to hand it back sooner or later, but why China. This is quite a serious problem for us and China. Because nobody can know; nobody will know what will happen in the future. So I recommend that we should be careful about deciding because it might lead us into hot water.

I stand my ground to say it might be risky to intervene. Most people hate the way Chian acts. But, hate is all we can do. If we try and fight we'd be outnumbered by about 1.4 billion people. Our relationship may alter if we don't play our cards right. I mean this as we and China are strong business partners. However, democracy is most likely to be used; it is a fair way to determine decisions. Hong Kong may be in crisis, but will we have to be the one who makes the sacrifices?

Yours faithfully,


Comments (7)

  • tom Tom @ Topical Talk
    14 Oct 2019

    You raise an interesting question with 'why China' - could you research why the handover happened to them in 1997?

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      1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg precious_heart | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom
        memorable_orchard's comment 18 Oct 2019

        Thanks for posting this! I personally agree with you my friend! I'm not sure either because is we have a strong relationship with China and we help Hong Kong, it could end up to a world war 3 like you said in your poem.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg productive_singer | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom
    15 Oct 2019

    That's a nice letter memorable_orchard you deserve for your letter to be sent to Harriet Harman, I think she'd agree with you.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom
    21 Oct 2019

    Tom, here's the information I have gathered:

    The first war against Britain and China was in 1839. This all started in the 1770s. We Britains conquered parts of India and had intentions of using the land to plant cotton to decrease the amount of cotton we were buying from America. When it failed, we then realised we could grow poppies at an amazing rate. So the British made a plan to begin to grow poppies in India, change it into opium, smuggle the opium to China and exchange it for tea. The unauthorised trade was successful and the drug was frequently smuggled to china In large quantities. Approximately 4,000 chests each year! Even after the leader declared that it was illegal to sell any more opium the smuggling still continued. Americans now joined in and were transporting opium from Turkey to China. Now the amount of opium yearly soared to 30,000!. Opium also appearing in markets more often, which made the country more addicted to contagious drug.

    The British Trade Commissioner -Captin Charles Elliot- addressed a letter to London about using military force against the Chinese. About a year passed until we then agreed, in May 1840 to assign troops to guarantee future security for smugglers. However, the first act of unfriendliness had occurred a few months earlier with a large argument against Chinese and British between vessels on the 4th of September 1839. On June 21st 1840 A British naval force arrived off Macao- a region- then moved to bombard Ting-ha. The Navy used strong gunnery to inflict a series of defeat against China.
    After we had won both wars, in 1853 the British promised China that they would return the additional land -Hong Kong - back to them in 99 years. Hong Kong developed rapidly under our rule and became one of the world's major financial and business centres. Then in 1982 London and Beijing started the difficult process of negotiating the return of Hong Kong to China. China which was wanting its land back, now promised us that Hong Kong would e under the principle of the "One Country Two System Rule." where the city would enjoy a "high degree autonomy except in foreign and defence affairs" for the next 50 years. Hong Kong then became a Special Administrative Region meaning: It had its own legal system, multiple political parties and rights including freedom of assembly and freedom of speech. But in 2047, Hong Kongs dream will come true but not all of it.

    If you don't understand the first part, it's basically just their background story so I could go to the main point and I tried giving as much detail as possible so you, the reader can understand.

    Thank you for reading.

    A while after, we had the Opium wars.

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      memorable_orchard's comment 23 Oct 2019

      Thank you for this detail!

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School | United Kingdom
    21 Oct 2019

    The last sentence was a mistake, sorry.

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