訪華這樣密,幹啥?

有一位Britishhongkong.com的網友提到,為何林忌會知道白高敦訪華期間,曾經提及BNO EU Citizenship的問題。但有兩件事,很不尋常,熟知英國人行事方式的,都大概知道與BNO人的前途有關。

1. 英國外交大臣文禮彬,將於本月底訪問北京,上月中首相白高敦才訪問中國一次,在一個月左右,兩位英國內閣高級官員分別訪華,事不尋常。以最近中英關係來看,這不可能與貿易、奧運有關,合理解釋是BNO問題怎敲定。

2. 且看白高敦新春賀詞以下一段:

Hong Kong provides a very special connection between us. Since 1997, it has truly become a bridge, not a barrier, to better relations. I continue to wish the people of Hong Kong my very best, as we move forward, maintaining international support for economic openness, and ensuring the development is sustainable. These are two significant challenges ahead.

傳統上,首相新春賀詞不是用來拉攏中國關係,主要是照顧英國最大少數族裔之一:華裔,作用與香港總督新春賀詞類似。但這次新春賀詞,繞了一大圈講中英關係,然後用了very special connection between us,最可圈可點是,I continue to wish the people of Hong Kong my very best, 主語是I,指白高敦以及英國政府,但as we move forward,為何用we?we代表the people of Hong Kong是英國人的一部分,還不很清楚。

6 thoughts on “訪華這樣密,幹啥?

  1. 同英國就國籍問題交手了十多年,最大獲益是了解英國人那種心思細密,絕對要咬字嚼字。

  2. wowowow.. I am really impressed Martin..however, I won’t necessarily see the “we” as HK+UK people. You know in French or German, when people want to use a general noun to express the meaning of people, they will use “on” (F) or “man” (D) respectively. In English, the equivalent will be “one”. I think it might simply sound better to use “we” as opposed to “one” in this occasion. I am not a linguist by training and this is purely “perspective and angle”. ..it will be nice if he said, in addition to the speech, ” consequently we will be granting BC to HK BNOs in March.” that’s much simpler and straight forward. =)

  3. 英國佬是未到最後一秒,講嘢都收收埋埋,加上經常大玩文字遊戲,所以留意英國政府的文件同演詞,要比其他英文文章花多一倍精力。

  4. 講分量,講耐人尋味,這一段也不弱:

    Hong Kong provides a very special connection between us. Since 1997, it has truly become a bridge, not a barrier, to better relations.

    中國一向將香港的繁榮,歸功於大陸的全力支持及香港人的勤勞,不願提也不願承認港英有功勞。97後香港特區政府全力去英化,成績斐然,全世界都不再將香港和英國掛鈎。

    中英關係上,中國根本不願提香港,因爲香港曾是中英關係的barrier。所謂回歸10年後,香港實際上也不是bridge。

    此際,白高敦在今年賀鼠年,偏偏重提中國不願提的香港,要知道香港是中英關係的barrier,純粹賀年,沒必要挑起舊厭,更沒需要將不是bridge的香港,說成是bridge.

    白高敦之言,大有將香港重新納入中英外交議題内的意思。

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