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naeads187 karma

It was on the wiki page. The initial Uber startup was founded by like 14 something people. Then most of them didn't think it would work, so they dropped out, all down to two people.

So the current CEO/founder sticks to the Uber idea and went to live in Thailand to save cost. Because you can live there for $1 a day on meals, and $250 a month for rent.

This gave him all the time and personal/financial freedom to work on Uber in Thailand.

Chiang Mai is a province that is most attractive to foreigners, as it is going to be categorised as a creative city, with shared space popping up everywhere for digital nomads that try to limit cost, while living like a king over there.

naeads133 karma

You staying in Chiang Mai (Thailand) by any chance? That's how Uber did it.

naeads12 karma

Do you like three sums equation?

naeads3 karma

HKer here and mind you that I am just speaking my own mind and not others.

It would be ideal for US to not interfere at all and allow HK to develop organically. Any interference from the outside would only provoke retaliation and that does more damage than good. I mean, no offence, but every single intervention by the US in modern history has been nothing but disaster.

Often, not helping is the best help of them all.

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There is no power structure that are in conflict in terms of HK since HK’s power are “conferred” by China when UK returned HK in 1997. if there was, it would have happened back in colonial days pre-1997.

Historically HK has always been a part of China and it was interrupted by the UK as a colony for over a hundred years. So when it was time to give back what was taken, HK has already developed its own system of governance that is vastly different from those of mainland China.

So instead of changing or fixing anything. China acted like the UK and allowed HK to retain the same, if not more, autonomy like it did back in its colonial days. Thereby stepping into the shoes of the former British empire - quite literally.

To give an analogy. You have been wearing a pair of shoes for a thousand years, someone took it from you and wore it for a hundred years. When you got them shoes back, it looks pretty and all but it is out of shape. So you put them under the sun for the next 50 years to soften it up before you wear them again and see what’s up afterwards. That’s the gist of the Sino-British Joint Declaration Treaty.