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Friday, October 16, 1998 Published at 15:05 GMT 16:05 UK

World: Asia-Pacific

Patten: From 'whore' to 'Cold War warrior'

Chris Patten: Accused of China bashing again

As Hong Kong's last British governor, Chris Patten was labelled a whore, serpent and tango dancer by the pro-Chinese media.

Now the China Daily newspaper has branded him a China-hating Cold War warrior in a scathing review of his controversial new book East and West.

[ image: Mr Patten - 'narrow-minded']
Mr Patten - 'narrow-minded'
The paper says the book demonstrates Mr Patten's ignorance about China and is full of "dust-laden ideology which is hardly worth refuting".

"Faithfully bound to Cold War thinking, Patten completely exposes his anti-China obsessions in his book," says the article's author Wang Hui.

"I wonder whether it is a deep-rooted prejudice against China plus Western-type megalomania or his political failure that has fuelled his hatred towards China. Maybe both.''

Patten tells West: 'Stop kowtowing'

Mr Patten became the 28th governor of Hong Kong after losing his parliamentary seat in Bath in 1992.

The BBC's James Miles: Mr Patten's comments have enraged China
In his book, he says China is rapidly becoming a threat to world peace.

Mr Patten urges the West to stop kowtowing to Beijing and speak up against human rights abuses.

He also argues that the booming China market is more myth than reality and calls Mao Zedong an "angel of death" like Hitler or Pol Pot.

[ image: Mr Patten handed over the reins to Tung Chee-hwa]
Mr Patten handed over the reins to Tung Chee-hwa
The China Daily accuses him of vilifying Chinese leaders, diminishing the importance of the Chinese market and toadying to supporters of the 'China Threat' argument.

''The retired governor has done everything he can to hurt the feelings of the Chinese people with extremely provocative language,'' it adds.

Mr Wang also criticises him for encouraging leaders to make a fuss about dissidents and Tibet and for continuing to accuse China of curtailing Hong Kong freedoms.

When Mr Patten introduced democratic elections shortly before the handover, Beijing branded him "a whore" and "guilty for a thousand years".

China said his actions violated the Sino-British agreement covering the transfer of sovereignty.

But the article says Mr Patten can no longer affect relations as the two countries bask in a new found friendship following British Prime Minister Tony Blair's recent visit.

China has not commented officially on Mr Patten's book.

[ image: Mr Murdoch dropped East and West]
Mr Murdoch dropped East and West
Concerns about Beijing's reaction to East and West are thought to have been behind a last-minute decision by publisher HarperCollins not to handle the book.

HarperCollins is a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's New Corporation, which has business interests in China.

The latest criticism will come as nothing new to Mr Patten after the colourful insults heaped on him during his days as governor.

Not all his nicknames were vicious - Hong Kong affectionately dubbed him Fatty Patty because of his appetite for Peking Duck, steamed fish and egg custard tarts.

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