Ol’ Blind Joe

Art of strategic restraint

By Stirling Hamilton

AMERICAN novelist Pearl Buck grew up in China, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938 and said “If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday”.

Hong Kong became part of China during the Qin Dynasty in 220 BC.

It served from the 1500s as an international maritime trading centre between China and European colonial powers.

The East India Tea Company started operations in 1711 and trade flourished in tea, porcelain, and silk.

The British began smuggling opium as a means of exchange, proudly becoming the world’s first and foremost drug pushers.

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