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Ex-Hong Kong governor Chris Patten 'condemned to everlasting infamy' for 'meddling,' says Beijing spokesperson


A spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry office in Hong Kong has condemned the city’s last colonial governor Chris Patten, saying he will be “condemned to everlasting infamy,” whilst accusing him of meddling in local affairs.

Lord Patten appeared in a Foreign Correspondents’ Club webinar titled “What’s in Store for Hong Kong’s Future?” as a guest speaker on Wednesday. He shared his view on China and Hong Kong’s handling of Covid-19 pandemic situation, the recent arrests of 15 prominent pro-democracy figures on unlawful assembly charges, Beijing’s adherence to the “One Country, Two Systems,” press freedom and the recent police watchdog report.

Chris Patten. File photo: Handout.

He said he thought that, since Xi Jinping was allowed to be Chinese leader for life, there had been a significant change in Beijing’s treatment of Hong Kong’s autonomy and the rule of the law: “The promises of giving Hong Kong greater accountability, more opportunities for developing democratic institutions – a promise which was explicitly made before 1997 and afterwards both by Liu Ping, the director then of the Hong Kong Macau affairs office, and by the Foreign Ministry in Beijing – those promises were rowed back on.”

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