An 1846 painting by John Platt captures the signing and sealing of the Treaty of Nanking, which ended the First Opium War, aboard the HMS Cornwallis on August 29, 1842. The men seated at the table include Chinese negotiator Aisin-Gioro Ch'i-ying (second left) and British plenipotentiary Sir Henry Pottinger (right).

Hong Kong teacher’s history lesson on first opium war ‘obviously untrue and unacceptable’, says Education Bureau

  • Teacher from Ho Lap Primary School told pupils first conflict in 1840 started because Britain ‘wanted to attack China in an attempt to ban smoking’
  • School principal apologises and government says it will investigate if teacher is guilty of professional misconduct
Topic |   Hong Kong schools
An 1846 painting by John Platt captures the signing and sealing of the Treaty of Nanking, which ended the First Opium War, aboard the HMS Cornwallis on August 29, 1842. The men seated at the table include Chinese negotiator Aisin-Gioro Ch'i-ying (second left) and British plenipotentiary Sir Henry Pottinger (right).
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