China: May 1, 2004


The largest group of Chinese warships to ever visit Hong Kong (two guided missile destroyers, four guided missile frigates, and two submarines). The visit was seen as another attempt to intimidate those in Hong Kong who are pressuring China to live up to its promises to allow democracy in the city. China continues to select city leaders, rather than allowing the promised elections. Many in Taiwan, who favor union with China (because of promises that Taiwan could keep its democratic system) are dismayed at what's going on in Hong Kong. The Chinese leadership apparently does not care, and is rather  pleased with the intimidating effect of using military force in Hong Kong. The ships are staying for six days, and then returning to their bases to the north in and around Shanghai.


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