Dear Clifford Hart and Caroline Wilson, I am addressing this open letter to you in your respective capacities as US and British consuls general to Hong Kong.

Recent headlines in the South China Morning Post are eloquent testimony that the Hong Kong government is failing in its role to provide a social safety net and protect the rights of its residents: "New town will leave 1,000 old people without homes"; "Indonesian maid 'left in diaper, tied to a chair';" "Ethnic minority pupils 'being set up to fail'."

The efforts of some Western countries to enforce their own anti-bribery laws in China are more likely to produce false accusations and hinder democratic reform than reduce corruption.