[Kidnapped in London] (*A book about Sun Yat-sen was kidnapped by Chinese Embassy in London)
I was sick. Therefore my wife went to the conference of the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former foreign minister David Miliband, which was organised by the Labour Party, by herself and she asked about Hong Kong democratic progress (*His wife later replied that she did not ask.) and tension between Hongkonger and Mainlander. After the conference, she was scolded by a man who claimed to be an official from “the Chinese Embassy in London” and asked “Are you a local?” (We don’t understand the reason.) He said she was “politically immature”, meaning that she asked inappropriate questions. My wife refuted him and said Mainland Chinese media also widely reported Peking University professor Kong Qingdong’s “Hongkongers are dogs” speech. If it were not a conflict, what is it?
My wife is a British citizen. Under the protection of her Majesty, she uses her freedom of speech to question the former primer minister and foreign minister for Hongkongers that Britain evades the responsibility towards Hong Kong as another signer of “Sino-British Joint Declaration”. Her braveness is admirable. However, this PRC representative, staying in a democratic country, still thinks he is superior and harassed a person whom he thinks that she is his countryman. He even meddled in the freedom of questioning. This incident and the kidnap of Sun Yet-sun by Qing officials in the UK hundred years ago, what is the difference in nature?
His wife emphasised that the man was really from the Chinese Embassy and is a diplomat.
Mr Wong later posted his wife’s version.
Daphne’s version: After asking Mr Tony Blair about his view on the increasing tension between mainland Chinese citizens and Hong Kong residents, a Chinese diplomat from the Chinese embassy approached me and gave me a lecture on my incorrect political view. He asked me to be more politically mature because there was no tension between Hong Kong and the mainland. He admitted there were conflicts caused by some tourists due to cultural differences between the mainland and Hong Kong but you could see similar conflicts in Japan and other places. He emphasized that the conflicts were not significant and commonly seen and I should never used the word “tension” to describe the relationship between Hong Kong the mainland China. Having told him that the tension was widely reported by UK media and other media. He still denied the “tension” and said that the media exaggerated the situation.
Well…well… As a guest at the conference, I decided not to cause any troubles to the event organisers and faded out gradually. But I wondered where was I at the conference? Was I in the mainland China and or in the democratic UK? How come I, as a British citizen, could be lectured by someone from the Chinese government for my freedom of expression?
Leung: They can even pressure others like that in foreign countries. You can imagine how helpless for us in Hong Kong, watching the Liaison Office and other people with (*red) background running amok.
Joe: Even though the woman in the article is of Chinese origin. However, she is a citizen of Great Britain and should enjoy the protection of Her Majesty and her country. Chinese diplomats in foreign territory treated citizens of that place rudely, are they thinking they are really the Celestial Empire that everyone depends on your breath? Don’t be mistaken. You are only receiving curses from thousands countries.
陳: Actually, it is an ironic comparison.
Britain rented Hong Kong for hundred years. Hundred years later, Hongkonger sent British back unwillingly. Japan colonised Taiwan for 50 years. 50 years later, some Taiwanese listened to announcements of Emperor Hiroshito in tears.
On the contrary, China, wearing the grand crown of the Celestial Empire, has suppressed Vietnam, India, Korea, Japan, Laos, Xinjiang (Uyghur), Tibet for thousand years. It has always been battles and riots. To this day, both sides are not in good terms. Not to mention a group of unlucky countries that were destroyed during the western expansion in Han Dynasty.
The attitude of the Celestial Empire has harmed nearby countries deeply, the blood stains can still be seen. It is unfortunate that China still does not repent, brains are not so different from the past.
Other ethnic groups and countries love your clothing, cultural relics, manner, law and literature, it should have created friendly relationships. However, the Celestial Empire attitude ruins many good relationships and turns them into ambivalence ones.