Chris Patten: the last governor of Hong Kong

Hong Kong's last British governor, Chris Patten, has hit back at his Beijing critics who accuse him of trying to "devastate the city" in the wake of months-long pro-democracy protests.

In a wide-ranging interview with the ABC's The World program, Lord Patten said the accusations were, "so preposterous that nobody of any intelligence should give it any credence".

He also criticised other "absurd arguments" made in China's state media about Hong Kong's history and the current unrest, including allegations the Chinese Communist Party gave the city democracy, and claims that foreign powers have helped organise the protests.

Here's some of what Lord Patten had to say.



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