The Jorge Argüello Tango

3 Nov

The Argentine Ambassador to the United Nations, Jorge Argüello, spoke yesterday to the Chinese Academy of social sciences in Beijing, on the subject of British colonialism.

As part of his ‘It takes two to Tango’ tour, the Ambassador said that both Hong Kong and the Falklands were examples of colonialism in the 19th century.

“Both Hong Kong and Falklands were amputated from their countries by the United Kingdom in the 19th century, when it dominated the world and our countries could do little to defend its sovereignty,” said Argüello.

“China took 155 years to regain its sovereignty over Hong Kong, and in the same way will continue to work to generate, the political conditions conducive to a negotiation of sovereignty between the United Kingdom and Argentina. That is what the international community asks England for decades, through resolutions,” concluded the diplomat.

Following the speech, the chinese press pointed out the handover of the British colony of Hong Kong to China was part of a negotiated agreement following the expiry of the New Territories lease. As a part of the deal, Hong Kong became an autonomous territory in everything except defence and foreign policy.

In addition to China, this series of conferences has already toured universities in Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Panama, Thailand, India, Cuba, Berlin.

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