“Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths, today slammed the ex foreign secretaries seeking to stir up further social unrest in Hong Kong, “Britain’s empire in the Far East is dead and the sooner these backward-looking politicians realise it, the better it will be for friendly and mutually beneficial relations between our countries. The hypocrisy of their confected outrage is staggering – one can only imagine their response had a gang of violent protestors broken into the Commons chamber and smashed it up. Even more ominous is their veiled threat to plunge China into the same division and destruction which British, US and NATO intervention fomented in the former Yugoslavia.”