Those treaties date back to Imperial Qing Dynasty China.Wikipedia wrote:Hong Kong's territory was acquired from three separate treaties: the Treaty of Nanjing in 1842, the Treaty of Beijing in 1860, and The Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory in 1898, which gave the United Kingdom the control of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon (area south of Boundary Street), and the New Territories (area north of Boundary Street and south of the Shenzhen River, and outlying islands), respectively.
I assume treaties are inherited by successive governments. Had it been before the 70s, it might have well been the ROC government, as they were the recognised successor to the Qing dynasty at the time, and ROC does own the original treaty.Chris wrote:Why did the UK not simply keep Hong Kong? After all, the treaty was with the Qing government, which is no more.
tommy525 wrote:One of many problems was that China controlled much of the freshwater that HK gets. Shut off the water, shut down HK>
There was no NOT dealing with the PRC on this. Thatcher hoped to get another 100 year contract signed. Teng decided to do something historic before he faded.
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general ... /1219.html
in hindsight, maybe the PRC couldve gotten the UK to rent HK for like 10 billion a year or something?
Now its just another Chinese city.