By Stephanie P.Y. Chung
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McCormick, The Flowery Republic (London: John Murray, 1913). 3 Hong Kong Merchants in New China, 1900–11 China lurched into the twentieth century with the Boxer Uprising in 1900, which was followed by the ‘sack of Peking’ by an army consisting of the forces of eight foreign countries. Amidst the crisis, governors of many southern provinces refused to side with Peking but declared themselves to be neutral in order to avert foreign invasion. Starting from 1902, the Qing court introduced reforms to China.
In 1892, the first ‘permanent’ Chinese seat in the Legislative Council was established. The seat went to Ho Kai. HONG KONG AND POLITICAL INDEPENDENCE OF SOUTH CHINA In the 1880s and 1890s, the two Chinese Legislative Councillors handpicked by the Governor were attracted by the reform movements in China. Wu Tingfang was recruited by Li Hung-chang to play an active role in China’s legal and diplomatic reforms. Ho Kai, in turn, was recruited by Wu for reforms in China. While Wu worked for China’s reforms for over two decades, Ho stayed in China for only a brief period of time.
Until Soviet aid was offered to the Canton government, it was forced to rely on domestic loans. It is in the distribution of domestic loans that one can see the growing power of the mercantile community. The Peking government issued two sets of government loans in 1914, when Yuan’s esteem was at its peak, and both loans were over-subscribed. $631 million. The major operational arms for these loans were the two government banks: the Bank of China and the Bank of Communications. The loans were distributed by the two banks to various native banks, which accepted the arrangement in return for high commissions.