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中国的香港20年

伦敦—我1992年开始担任香港总督,直到它1997年回归中国。在此期间我保持了记日记的习惯。过去几个月里,为了写书(其中一部分涉及那段经历),我回顾了这些日记,发现了一些描写中国外交的“斗争”(struggle)思想的内容——如今,在香港回归即将20周年之际,这种思想依然存在。

在中国的斗争外交思想中,中共官员必须要经过旷日持久的争论,才能确认决定。这一争论只有在显然中国已经无法从谈判桌的另一端获得任何进一步的让步的情况下才会结束。中国谈判员似乎相信(或装作相信),时间站在他们这一边,因此他们总是能够等待反对者认输。

通常,你很难理解这一整套可怕的流程的意义。比如,为什么要拖延香港新机场的建设,导致价格坐地升高?我认为中国当局更希望这个工程在中国——而不是英国——执掌这个城市是完成。

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