前途問題預警:中英好、香港好,柏立基勸勿憂新界租約

1971年初,美國總統國安助理基辛格正準備密訪北京,英政府為與中共互設大使館亦答應力撐中共入聯合國。前港督柏立基接受訪問,則預告舊部屬麥理浩上任有助中英關係,勸港人努力搵錢,只要社會安定生意好,不必擔心新界租約。

言猶在耳未夠一年,中共即致函聯合國要求把港澳剔出殖民地名單。

SCMP(1971–04–14):

Asked Whether it was wise to raise the question of what would happen when the lease of the New Territories expires in about 28 years, Sir Robert said he hoped the issue would be left alone. He said Hongkong could be developed and improved much further and “our duty is to go on doing this. I don’t think we should try and project ourselves further into the future than that.
SCMP(1971–04–14)

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