Photo from NPR, thank you.
A little over a hundred years ago Great Britain won a war with China and more or less stole the island of Hong Kong for 100 years. Britain wanted a naval base and trading center in that part of the world. All part of their successful scheme for world power.
Over the course of the 100 year deal Hong Kong changed from a Colony ruled by a far away power into a representative government and an economic power house.
Now the people of Hong Kong are helping to speed political change in China. It wonâ€™t be fast and it will be messy but it will happen. The result will not be what we except, it will be what they want.
The list of problems caused by the British is long but the list of good work is longer. There is a reason that the Prime Meridian is in England.