The history of Puerto Rico has many parallels to the history of Hong Kong – which was a British colony for more than 150 years, from 1841 to 1997.
Precisely in 1898 – the year the US invaded Puerto Rico and Cuba – the British Empire countered with some empire-building of their own. They took over the New Territories…a huge land mass bordering the Chinese mainland, which includes 230 islands in the South China Sea.
This land mass is fifteen times larger than Hong Kong itself, and is roughly equal to the land mass of Puerto Rico.
In other words…in 1898, when the US grabbed an island empire in the Atlantic Ocean, the British countered with an island empire in the Pacific.
The British did this under the terms of a 99-year “lease,” much like the “leases” which the US will soon impose on Puerto Rico, through the newly-empowered Financial Control Board.
The Puerto Rico “leases” will go by another name: P3s, aka Public-Private Partnerships, that will be installed over the island’s water supply, electrical grid, highways, beaches, schools, hospitals, public housing…in short, over the entire public infrastructure of Puerto Rico.
These “P3s” will generally be 30-year renewable leases, much like the “lease” under which the British seized Hong Kong and the New Territories.
For a fascinating analysis of the Hong Kong and Puerto Rico colonial histories, you can read this recent article: Puerto Rico vs. Hong Kong: A tale of two colonies and their Independence movements.
The Hong Kong colony expired in 1997. When will the Puerto Rico colony expire?
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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