Dear Mr James Cleverly
I am a worried year 6 student at Lyons Hall Primary School which is in your area Braintree, Essex. I’m writing to you to inform you about the issues and crisis in Hong Kong, Because I believe that, even though I am young, I should get a say in the world. In this letter I will talk about if we should intervene or not.
History has shown that Britain and Hong Kong have a strong relationship. In the 1800s China lost a series of wars to Britain leading to Britain ruling Hong Kong for 150 years. Hong Kong eventually grew with us and began to enjoy the same human rights as we do here in the UK since 1997, with a one country and two- system deal so Hong Kong would still have their democracy but China would still have some power. China is now fighting to take over Hong Kong, which has left Hong Kong in a very scary position for their future.
Britain are now being called to action as this crisis has been brought to the world stage through the media. Currently Hong Kong is in crisis and many people are going on the streets to show their anger. However key protests have been arrested and charged. This is against their human rights. Did you know in one of the protest a quarter of the population in Hong Kong took part.
Due to our historical links with Hong Kong and our half of the Sino-British joint declaration, many people would argue that we have a responsibility to ensure that the agreement is adhered to by all parties. We should intervene because Hong Kong should have human rights and also freedom. So far one quarter of the people in Hong Kong have demonstrated their political resentment on the streets whilst others have even supported the idea of following Chinese rule-however it must be carefully considered about how much of this is through fear of their potential future leaders. We shouldn’t intervene however, because China will stop trading with us. The British are also concerned about whether our country has a right to be involved in another country’s problem.
In conclusion, having researched and considered both sides with an open mind, I am speaking up because, despite the fact that Hong Kong is a part of China, I believe in the power of democracy and think it would be wrong to watch the Hong Kong’s people’s human rights be eroded by a dictatorship. I believe we should intervene because fighting for human rights is never something we should watch and just ignore.
A worried year 6 student of Lyons hall