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Britain's plan for emergency evacuation of Hong Kong

Gary Ka-wai Cheung

in Hong Kong's Watershed

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9789622090897
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207011 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622090897.003.0007
Britain's plan for emergency evacuation of Hong Kong

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As the confrontation escalated, the British government started to consider the scenario of withdrawal from Hong Kong. They had prepared an evacuation plan in the early 1950s, which provided evacuation of 16,500 non-Chinese women, children, and elderly men only. However, in 1967, the plan, which was known only to the governor, the commander of British forces, and a small group of Hong Kong government officials, was considered out of date and incapable of effective implementation. Several months later, the British government suspended the drafting of an evacuation plan after taking the technical difficulties and the need for secrecy into account.

Keywords: British government; emergency evacuation; Hong Kong government; evacuation plan; Hong Kong

Chapter.  3019 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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