The Catskinner : rcheydnThe Catskinner

June 30, 1997

The date is forever fixed in the memory of Hong Kong people.

It was on that singular Monday that Britain handed the Crown Colony over to the People’s Republic of China.

The decision-making process leading to the change of sovereignty was often referred to as the Three Legged Stool.

But serious doubts were expressed and in 1987, with only a decade remaining before the world as Hong Kong people knew it was to change, a fourth leg appeared.

Instead of ensuring stability it posed a unique danger to the lives of five and a half million local inhabitants and set in train a series of devastating events which threatened to unleash global chaos.

Now on the 20th anniversary of this momentous event the question is asked:

Could what is written in The CATSKINNER really have happened?

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