A print depicts the French navy, led by Admiral Amedee Courbet, battering the Chinese fleet on the Min River, off Fuzhou, on August 23, 1884. Photos: AFP; Stuart Heaver

When China and France went to war: 130 years since forgotten conflict

A soft-power approach has seen a strong bond develop between Hong Kong and the French, unlike 130 years ago, when France went to war with China. Stuart Heaver looks back at a forgotten conflict.

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A print depicts the French navy, led by Admiral Amedee Courbet, battering the Chinese fleet on the Min River, off Fuzhou, on August 23, 1884. Photos: AFP; Stuart Heaver
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Stuart Heaver

Stuart Heaver

Originally from Kent, England, former Naval officer and entrepreneur, Stuart Heaver is a full-time freelance writer and features journalist living and working in Hong Kong. He loves his job, the sea and his family but not necessarily in that order.