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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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Britain's plan for emergency evacuation of Hong Kong

Britain's plan for emergency evacuation of Hong Kong

(p.95) 6 Britain's plan for emergency evacuation of Hong Kong
Hong Kong's Watershed

Gary Ka-wai Cheung

Hong Kong University Press

As the confrontation escalated, the British government started to consider the scenario of withdrawal from Hong Kong. They had prepared an evacuation plan in the early 1950s, which provided evacuation of 16,500 non-Chinese women, children, and elderly men only. However, in 1967, the plan, which was known only to the governor, the commander of British forces, and a small group of Hong Kong government officials, was considered out of date and incapable of effective implementation. Several months later, the British government suspended the drafting of an evacuation plan after taking the technical difficulties and the need for secrecy into account.

Keywords:   British government, emergency evacuation, Hong Kong government, evacuation plan, Hong Kong

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