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Hong Kong's WatershedThe 1967 Riots$
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Gary Ka-wai Cheung

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622090897

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622090897.001.0001

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Finale to the Hong Kong-style Cultural Revolution

Finale to the Hong Kong-style Cultural Revolution

(p.121) 9 Finale to the Hong Kong-style Cultural Revolution
Hong Kong's Watershed

Gary Ka-wai Cheung

Hong Kong University Press

The burning of the British diplomatic compound in Beijing strengthened the hand of the moderate faction led by Zhou Enlai. It also allowed secret talks between the left wing and the Hong Kong government to ease the tensions in the colony. George Walden, assistant political adviser to the governor during the 1967 riots revealed that secret negotiations were held between the Hong Kong government and the mainland officials stationed in Hong Kong in the wake of the arson attack on the office of the British chargé d'affaires. The left wing and the Hong Kong government made completely different analyses of the impact of the disturbances. The leftists played up the economic crisis facing the Hong Kong government while the colonial administration insisted that the mayhem had not seriously disrupted the economy. The left wing admitted their failure in the 1967 disturbances in 1978.

Keywords:   British chargé d'affaires, Cultural Revolution, Zhou Enlai, arson attack, economic crisis, Hong Kong government, colonial administration, left wing

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