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@ IanFromHKG – 25/09/2015 09:35 BST
Who you should blame for short-termism with ChepLapKok is neither HMG nor the Transportation Department of the HK Government but the Government of the People’s Republic of China.
Having been a party to the decision making around the handover in 1997, the Beijing Government did a Violet Elizabeth about the building of a new airport: they squeemed and squeemed and squeemed, accusing HMG (and the then HK Governor) of raiding the territory’s balances for the benefit of British companies and to render a post-handover territory devoid of resources. We can all see that their position was ludicrous and that the stance taken by HMG was entirely correct: a much needed replacement for KaiTak was delivered on-time and on-cost – but a compromise had to be made to shut up Beijing: the extra terminal capacity.
But the one thing that the mainland Chinese government never does it admit its own mistakes and short-comings. Ever.
Thanks for the advance warning on BKK – which I will shortly be sampling/enduring for myself – including the new CX lounge.