Date
27 July 2017
British Consul General Caroline Wilson (right) answers questions from netizens in a live Facebook broadcast with Fern Ngai, CEO of Community Business, as the moderator. Photo: Facebook/ UKandHongKong
British Consul General Caroline Wilson (right) answers questions from netizens in a live Facebook broadcast with Fern Ngai, CEO of Community Business, as the moderator. Photo: Facebook/ UKandHongKong

Britain won’t reclaim Hong Kong, UK consul general says

Caroline Wilson, outgoing British Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau, said the United Kingdom will not reclaim Hong Kong, and the territory’s prosperity lies in its being a part of China.

Speaking during a live broadcast on her Facebook account, Wilson said the “one country, two systems” framework adopted by Beijing has been functioning well since the city’s return to China in 1997, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Answering netizens’ questions as the end of her four-year term in October nears, Wilson said the city will continue to develop hand in hand with the mainland, although some challenges are unavoidable.

She dismissed accusations that the UK government has not fulfilled the promises it made in the 1984 Sino-UK Joint Declaration.

Britain has never walked out on Hong Kong nor has it broken its promises, Wilson said.

She noted that her government has been issuing a report on Hong Kong every six months since the handover and has been doing its best to make sure freedom and human rights in the city are protected.

Looking back at the past four years, Wilson said the most challenging situation for her was during the Occupy Movement of 2014.

In view of the fast-changing political environment, she had to make sure her consulate and the British business groups in the city were able to function normally.

On the lighter side, Wilson was asked how proficient she has become in Cantonese, and she quickly answered in fluent Cantonese that she does not know how to speak the language well for it is too difficult, Ming Pao Daily reported.

She also admitted she finds it hard to resist ginger milk pudding, which is her favorite Hong Kong food along with steamed shrimp rice rolls.

Her favorite places are the Chi Lin Nunnery on Diamond Hill and Mount Cameron in the Aberdeen Country Park where she can enjoy great views.

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