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Patten predicts end of dictatorship

Archive photo: Chris Patten receives the folded British national flag in 1997 at the return of the crown colony of Hong Kong to China.

Hong Kong’s last governor, Chris Patten, had some words of encouragement for the city’s residents in a New Year’s Greetings. In his video message, the politician predicted the end of the authoritarian rule of the Communist Party. “What always happens to dictatorships and the things they do is they disappear sooner or later into the rearview mirror of history. And so I think what Hong Kong represents, the values it represents, and will last a lot longer than any dictatorship anywhere, including in Beijing,” Patten said.

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