There are still a lot of condescending neocolonial British expats who fantasize about returning Hong Kong to being a UK colony.

They're angry and frustrated because China will no longer allow itself to be pushed around and carved up by foreign empires like in the 19th century
Explicitly pro-colonial attitudes are still widespread in the UK

32% of Brits are proud of the genocidal empire. Only 19% are ashamed (37% are neutral)

But the UK is still an imperialist power, so this ideology is how it maintains its oppressive policies
The British empire drained $45 trillion from India during the colonial period from 1765 to 1938.

Indian economist Utsa Patnaik documents this in great detail using nearly two centuries of detailed data on tax and trade
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