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Anna Pao Sohmen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083312

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083312.001.0001

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The Unofficial Ambassador

The Unofficial Ambassador

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(p.147) 8 The Unofficial Ambassador
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Y. K. Pao, My Father
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Anna Pao Sohmen

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083312.003.0009

Sir Y. K. Pao succeeded in acquiring Kowloon Wharf and Wheelock Marden. He gained controlling interests in a number of other companies. He also acted as an unofficial ambassador during the periods of stalemate in Sino-British negotiations. He met Margaret Thatcher several times, and went to great lengths to persuade her into changing her mind. He even met with Reagan, a former US president, and asked him to put in a good word to Margaret Thatcher. His ultimate wish came true when the Sino-British Joint Declaration was signed in 1984. Sir Y. K. Pao's ambition did not stop at shipping and land-based businesses. He considered investing in the airline industry. He challenged the monopoly of Cathay Pacific Airline by purchasing Dragonair.

Keywords:   Kowloon Wharf, Wheelock Marden, Cathay Pacific Airline, Dragonair, Sino-British negotiations, Margaret Thatcher, Ambassador, Hong Kong, Sir Y.K. Pao, Biography

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