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China Has Made Me Invisible

For Communists, education is above all about engineering the soul. But while the Communist Party of China is getting rid of any school textbooks that tell the truth about Hong Kong’s past and its democratic aspirations, historical facts cannot be erased forever.

LONDON – I have just discovered that I never really existed, at least as far as the goons in the Communist Party of China are concerned.

In their latest effort to turn Hong Kong into a police state – it can only be a matter of time before a tear-gas shell or a Taser replaces the bauhinia flower as the city’s emblem – the Chinese authorities have taken further steps to throttle the education system. For Communists, education is above all about engineering the soul. So, the CPC has now gotten rid of any school textbooks that might tell the truth about Hong Kong’s past and its aspirations.

The CPC has even gone so far as to deny that Hong Kong was ever a British colony; it was simply an occupied territory, apparently. No colony means no governor, a post I held from 1992 until Hong Kong’s handover to Chinese rule five years later.

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