Hong Kong’s fu­ture

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters To The Editor -

SIR – Hav­ing been a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to Hong Kong over the past 20 years, I read Daniel Han­nan’s ar­ti­cle (Com­ment, Novem­ber 11) with in­ter­est.

Not sur­pris­ingly, the place has changed dur­ing that pe­riod. While it still has a fa­mil­iar aura, there is no doubt that it is grad­u­ally evolv­ing into China. Many of the present in­hab­i­tants are now from the main­land, and even the tra­di­tional Can­tonese lan­guage is grad­u­ally be­ing eroded.

I think Hong Kong will only re­tain its im­age as an easy place to do busi­ness for as long as Bei­jing finds it use­ful. My friends there are dis­mayed and speak of dif­fi­cul­ties in find­ing jobs for their chil­dren, who are com­pet­ing with the many new im­mi­grants. Those who are able to are al­ready leav­ing. Howard Thomas

New Mil­ton, Hamp­shire

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