I recently came accross The Guardian’s article commenting on how tempted HSBC must be in light of new banking regulations in the UK to switch its headquarters to Hong Kong. It was a good article that brought up some interesting lines of thought, but it wasn’t the substance of the article itself wasn’t want caught my attention. What did was the following paragraph:
If HSBC relocated to Asia, it could deprive the UK exchequer of millions in lost taxes and lead to hundreds of job losses in London. Donald Tsang, a leading Communist official in Hong Kong, told Bloomberg the territory would “absolutely” welcome HSBC if it decided to move headquarters.
Wait, did The Guardian, a supposedly independent unbiased UK news agency just call Donald Tsang a ‘leading Communist official’? Yes!
Well I’m sorry, unless The Guardian has some magical database of truths that no-one knows about, calling Donald Tsang a ‘leading Communist official’ is just factually wrong. Ironically, none of the other Guardian articles that mention Donald Tsang use this description, most simply call him the ‘Chief Executive of Hong Kong’.
How long will it take people to realize Hong Kong isn’t communist and that it’s different from China?