《The Hong Kong Diaries》彭定康著

  • 作者:Chris Patten
  • 出版社:Allen Lane
  • 出版日:  2022/06/21
  • ISBN: 9780241560495
  • 規格:硬皮包裝 / 560頁 / 24 x 3.8 x 16.2 cm



The diaries of the last British Governor, published on the 25th anniversary of the handover


In June 1992 Chris Patten went to Hong Kong as the last British governor, to try to prepare it not – as other British colonies over the decades – for independence, but for handing back in 1997 to the Chinese, from whom most of its territory had been leased 99 years previously. Over the next five years he kept this diary, which describes in detail how Hong Kong was run as a British colony and what happened as the handover approached. The book gives unprecedented insights into negotiating with the Chinese, about how the institutions of democracy in Hong Kong were (belatedly) strengthened and how Patten sought to ensure that a strong degree of self-government would continue after 1997. Unexpectedly, his opponents included not only the Chinese themselves, but some British businessmen and civil service mandarins upset by Patten’s efforts, for whom political freedom and the rule of law in Hong Kong seemed less important than keeping on the right side of Beijing. The book concludes with an account of what has happened in Hong Kong since the handover, a powerful assessment of recent events and Patten’s reflections on how to deal with China – then and now.

在 1992年六月,彭定康被派往香港就任最後一任港督。與在近數十年間其他殖民地紛紛走向獨立之路不同,彭定康的任務是準備如何在1997年把香港交給中國。在此五年間,他以日記形式紀錄了香港如何作為殖民地運作,和臨近主權移交之際發生的種種事端。這本書揭曉了從未曝光過和中國談判的內幕細節,香港的民主機構如何姍姍來遲地得以鞏固,以及彭定康如何奮力確保香港能在97年後能保持高度自治。