by Todd Wellington
Count Henry Fong is someone who doesn't think that Hong Kong's prosperous society will suffer under Chinese rule. The Lyndonville businessman, who owns and operates the Asia Restaurant on Depot Street, has been following the transition from 156 years of British rule to Chinese sovereignty through Chinese language newspapers.
"I don't think there will be much change," said Fong, who has faith that the Chinese government will honor its stated formula of "one country, two systems."
"If they don't," he said, "no one will trust them."
All of Fong's family has now moved to the United States from Hong Kong, but he still counts many friends there, whom he continues to see on business trips to the former British colony.
"I'm not really worried about them," he said, noting that Chinese troops will not be patrolling the streets, but will operate mostly from military installations.
Ultimately, said Fong, the Chinese government will have to let Hong Kong continue with its proven, profitable, system because of self-interest. "They have to keep it like that," said Fong. "It's for their own good."