Letter to Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan

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To Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan,

I am writing to you in the hope that you will be able to affect decisions around whether Britain should or shouldn't intervene in the crisis in Hong Kong.

Recently, in Hong Kong, China has decided to break an agreement (between Britain and China) that stated that the way of life and economy of the people of Hong Kong wouldn't change until the year 2047. People in Hong Kong are protesting the fact that China has begun to take away their basic human rights which breaks the agreement signed by both Britain and China in 1997 when Hong Kong was handed back to China after roughly 150 years of British rule.

I would like to make points for and against Britain's intervening.

Points For:

Britain made a promise that stated that both Britain and China make sure that the way of life and economy of Hong Kong and its population would remain unchanged until 2047. While China has strayed from its responsibilities (and outwardly done the opposite) Britain should keep its promise and intervene.

Many Hong Kongers have relatives in mainland China. If Britain left Hong Kong and China to fight, China might prevent citizens of Hong Kong crossing into the mainland, Hong Kongers wouldn't be able to see their family because Britain didn't want to interfere in foreign affairs.

Points Against:

China is an enormous trading partner for Britain, in 2016, Britain imported £42.6 billion worth of goods from China. Britain can not risk losing China as a trading partner, especially as we will lose most trade with the EU after BREXIT. The loss of trade with China combined with the loss of trade with the EU is going to make life incredibly difficult for the citizens of Britain.

We have so much on our plate with BREXIT and Boris Johnson trying to get a deal, shouldn't we worry about our own problems before interfering in the problems of other countries?

China and Britain work together on projects involving food production and farming, these projects could be destroyed if Britain and China were in a bad position with each other.

I hope that the arguments I have provided for both fo and against help you make a decision about whether Britain should or shouldn't intervene in the issues between Hong Kong and China.

Kind Regards,


Comments (1)

  • tom Tom @ Topical Talk
    23 Oct 2019

    Well done, honorable_currant, we've awarded this a star because you give good evidence for either side which shows an open-minded approach. You have also used a rhetorical question to good effect, and your explanations are clear.

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