I remember once being shown two versions of the ‘British’ casualty lists for the Falklands War (1982) – one which had only Western-sounding (or ‘Gurkha’)
Determined to tackle deep-seated land and housing issues, Lee called for building 30,000 new public housing units, increasing the city’s public housing supply by about 50 percent in the next five years.
The government will also shorten the waiting time for public housing from six to 4.5 years, and cut the time for turning “primitive land “into “spade-ready sites” by one-third to half, Lee said.
His policy address also announced measures to stimulate the local economy, propel science and technological advancement, drive cultural and art development and better promote Hong Kong’s advantages to the international community.
The US, UK and EU all follow a US-derived anti-Socialist agenda that developed in the post-1945 era. Indeed, the EU is a direct product of US Neo-Imperialism throughout Western Europe – which is now spreading into Eastern Europe – using the ideology of ‘Neo-Nazism’ to propagate its anti-Russian racist agenda and move the boundaries of NATO up to the limitations of geographical Russia (the world will never forget the 78-days of the continuous blanket-bombing of ‘Socialist’ Yugoslavia in 1999)! This policy can be clearly seen in the Ukraine, Poland, Estonia and many other such countries. In the meantime, the US declared decades ago that it will not ‘accept’ the democratically arrived at (‘international’) status quo if such a status quo does not recognise the hegemony of the US or the dominance of US notions of free market economics! The US and its post-colonial minians seek regime change in China and so the US media, education and political systems all act in accordance with this agenda – all churning-out ‘false’ agendas, lies and general misinformation to the younger generation. The US bourgeoisie ‘fears’ a homegrown ‘Socialist’ movement which would see Americans of ALL ethnicities ‘uniting’ around their ‘working-class’ background and reaching out to their brothers and sisters in China – voluntarily putting an end to US racism!
The remaining 936 British POWs were transported to Japan on the ‘Shinsei Maru’. By the time this ship reached the port of Moji in Kyushu – a further five British POWs had died. Of the original number of 1,816 British POWs that had boarded the ‘Lisbon Maru’ on September 27th, 1942, by the time they eventually arrived in Japan (around October 8th, 1942), only 931 British POWs remained! (What happened to the five seriously wounded British POWs left in Shanghai I do not know). This entire episode means that through a combination of a US ‘War Crime’ and continued Imperial Japanese ‘War Crimes’, in a matter of just eleven days in 1942, these two countries conspired to murder 885 British POWs! The number would have been much higher if not for the selfless actions of the Chinese fishermen (and their families) who came from Dongji Island!
The ship named the ‘Lisbon Maru’ was carrying around 2,000 British POWs (British military personnel captured during the fall of Hong Kong being transported to Japan) when the ship was hit by a torpedo fired by the USS Grouper (part of the 81st US Pacific Fleet Submarine Force) on October 2nd, 1942! The ‘Lisbon Maru’ sank just off the Zhoushan (Zhejiang) area of the East China coast! It is reported that although 843 British POWs died due to drowning (and the machine-gunning of men in the water by other elements of the Imperial Japanese Navy active in the area) – another 384 British POWs were saved by the actions of local Chinese fishermen!
The development of the modern scientific method, however, informs humanity that this attitude is mistaken, and that regardless of just how ‘perfect’ each cultural expression happens to believe itself to be, there is always another equally important (or impressive) cultural expression waiting just around the evolutionary corner! Throughout pre-modern times, emerging cultures, (regardless of their technical or architectural achievements), were relative affairs that could be toppled with just the right amount of pressure applied to the correct place! China’s long history of continuous and impressive cultural expression is no exception to this rule!