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A group of people being ferried across a stretch of water in Hong Kong.  (Photo by Leonard G. Alsford/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

The Scot who helped Hong Kong back from the brink

In 1945, after four years of harrowing martial law, Hong Kong was starving and destitute. Britain sent out a team of civil servants to help get the colony back on its feet. One of them was a quiet, determined and deeply principled Scotsman by the name of John James Cowperthwaite.

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