In many ways, Brittish rule over Hong Kong was analogous to the system of apartheid in South Africa Museums, for example, could be visited by the Chinese only in the mornings, after which time the museums would be cleaned and reopened for exclusively European attendance.
The Brittish responded to challenges to their domination by using some of the same tactics that Communist China has utilized.
Battalions of troops would be brought into Hong Kong as needed to assist the regularly stationed Brittish soldiers in dealing with unrest.
Laws identified with those of Communist China were, in fact, used by the Brittish in Hong Kong.
Subservience to Brittish authoritarian control has been easily transferred to an acquiescence toward China and, although it is a gross generalization, it is nevertheless the case that, the higher one's income is in Hong Kong, the more likely one is to adopt the view that nonconfrontation and complete acceptance of China's rule is both required and desirable.
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