People walk by a communist tank in Shanghai in 1949. Mao Zedong could have sent the victorious People’s Liberation Army to Hong Kong then but decided against it. Photo: AFP

Why Mao Zedong was right not to send the PLA into Hong Kong before 1997

  • Unlike Indian prime minister Nehru who sent the army into Hyderabad after the British left India, Chairman Mao refrained from using military force to take back Hong Kong. The decision is still paying off for China decades later
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People walk by a communist tank in Shanghai in 1949. Mao Zedong could have sent the victorious People’s Liberation Army to Hong Kong then but decided against it. Photo: AFP
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