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Breaking Down the Barriers (1902–1904)

Shiona Airlie

in Thistle and Bamboo

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028924
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207615 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028924.003.0007
Breaking Down the Barriers (1902–1904)

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When the British Government leased the New Territories it had—in Britain's view#x2014;sound mercantile and military grounds for doing so. By comparison, the lease of Weihaiwei was signed for a variety of confusing reasons. The British Government's views on the territory were muddled from the start and the development of Weihaiwei was to suffer accordingly. Early reports on Weihaiwei suggested it might be an excellent naval base, offering a relatively healthy climate. Because of the naval base, Weihaiwei was well served with sporting facilities. In addition to hunting and riding, shooting and skating could be had on the mainland in winter, while on the island of Liugong, tennis, cricket, hockey, football, and athletics were available all summer. James Stewart Lockhart was destined to spend nineteen years in this place. He also unwittingly managed to cause antagonism at the Colonial Office with his ordinances. Sometimes, this antagonism was minor. Furthermore, pressure to organize Weihaiwei was considerable in the first two years of his commissionership.

Keywords: James Stewart Lockhart; New Territories; British Government; Weihaiwei; Colonial Office; Britain

Chapter.  7110 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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