The British Crown Colony of Hong Kong is currently doing good business in selling food parcels.
The British Crown Colony of Hong Kong is currently doing good business in selling food parcels. Nearly 500 Hong Kong Chinese firms are specializing in meeting a big demand for small two-pound packages of flour, soya beans, sugar, rice and meat.
All these parcels are taken to the mainland of the Chinese People's Republic by customers wanting to supplement the meagre rations of their friends and relatives in China.
The bulk of the foodstuffs, however, came originally from China. By selling its primary produce to Hong Kong, when the country itself is facing hunger during the lean months before Spring harvest, China is making a double deal.
It gets foreign exchange, the food back and even collects extra customs revenue at the rate of nine shillings (sterling) on each two-pound packet.