由英国外交部派给港督协助处理外交事务的助理政治顾问（assistant political advisor，一秘级）Robin John Taylor McLaren （麦若彬，1991到1994年任英国驻华大使）回复说：他也一直觉得古巴领事馆的存在很奇怪，比方说前任古巴驻港领事Barranco竟然是1967年底直接从古巴驻北京大使馆调任的。McLaren首先回顾了二战后古巴驻港领事馆的演变，然后说明古巴领事近年来很安分，没惹过麻烦，看起来也不太忙（主要是船只和商务），也没从事情报活动。因此，虽然允许古巴驻港领事馆存在与对其他共产党国家的外交政策不一致，但没有强烈的动机需要改变现状，即“不必吵醒睡着的狗”（let sleeping dogs lie）
Far Eastern Department
24 March, 1969
The Cuban Embassy in London have approached us with the request that we grant formal recognition to Mr. Pablo Ferrer as the new Cuban Consul in Hong Kong. I gather that Mr. Ferrer was gazetted on 17 January (Hong Kong Savingram No. 62 of that date).
2. We know, of course, that the Cuban Consulate in Hong Kong is of long standing, probably of pre-Castro vintage. But our records do not satisfy our urge to know why there should be such a Consulate. On the face of it, it is incongruous that while harbouring such strong feelings about even short visits by other communist officials we should accept the permanent presence of a Cuban. Is this just one of those "problems left over by history" that we have decided to live with? And does the Cuban in fact give any ground for anxiety locally? We should be grateful if you could bring us up to date. Meanwhile we are sitting on Mr. Ferrer’s credentials.
LOWER ALBERT ROAD
Ref. TC 87/69
7th April, 1969.
Cuban Consulate in Hong Kong
I am not surprised that you are puzzled by the existence of a Cuban Consul here (your letter TXA 3/368/2 of 24th March). I have always thought it rather odd myself.
2. The post war Cuban consular presence dates from 1945, when a Cuban Consular Agency was opened with a local businessman, who also acted as Consul for Ecuador, in charge on an honorary basis. This situation lasted until 1948 when the Consular Agency was closed. There was then no Cuban representation in Hong Kong until 1957 when, following the visit of a good-will mission headed by an Ambassador-at-large with the engaging name of Dr. Santiago Claret, a career officer was appointed to be resident in Hong Kong as Consul General and to act concurrently as Cuban Charge d'Affaires in Taipei.
3. This gentleman, Dr. Miguel Campos was left undisturbed when Castro came to power at the beginning of 1959, though he must have been deprived of his accreditation to Taiwan. He left Hong Kong on promotion in August 1959 and the office remained closed until December of that year, the archives being left in the custody of the Brazilian Consulate General. In December an elderly lady member of the Cuban Consular Service, Senora Sofia Dihigo, arrived to take charge and she remained until 1965, when a Cuban Chinese who had been the number two since 1962 took over. He remained until late 1967 when Ferrer's predecessor, Roldan Barranco arrived (from the Cuban Embassy in Peking!).
4. I suppose that our best opportunity to get rid of the Consulate would have been in mid-1959 when it was closed pending the arrival of Senora Dihigo. But, as far as I can determine from the file, the possibility was not considered at that time, no doubt because Castro was then still in his formative period. Nor, so far as I can discover, has any serious consideration been given to closing the Consulate since then.
5. The fact is that the Cuban Consulate has given us very little trouble over the years. Senora Dihigo was a charming lady who was, I believe, genuinely popular, and her successors have behaved correctly and kept themselves fairly inconspicuous. Whether there is enough work to justify a consular post I do not know. Roldan Barranco told me some time ago that he had quite a lot of shipping and commercial work but he did not strike me as being particularly busy. There is no evidence that the Cubans have ever attempted to engage in intelligence activities.
6. The answer to your question, then, is that the Cuban Consulate is here because it is here. I agree with you that its existence is incongruous and inconsistent with our general policy but there are no strong local grounds for not letting sleeping dogs lie.
7. Mr. Pablo Ferrer was accorded provisional recognition on 17th January. If you agree with the above you will no doubt authorise us in due course to give him formal recognition.
8. I am copying this letter, together with a copy of yours of 24th March, to James Allan in Peking.
Assistant Political Adviser
J.D.I. Boyd, Esq.,
Far Eastern Department,
Foreign & Commonwealth Office,