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Malcolm Rifkind

When mad cows matter more than Hong Kong

Leading British politicians seem to be making a habit of cutting short visits to Hong Kong to rush back for parliamentary votes.

Sunday, 16 February, 1997, 12:00am

Recipe for discontent

Britain's announcement that it would grant citizenship to people who become stateless after the handover seems to have been announced so hastily that insufficient thought has gone into how the system will operate. While the outcome was welcome, the issue has been on the boil for 12 years.

14 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Listen to rights concerns, Qian urged

Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind last night urged his Chinese counterpart Qian Qichen to listen to international concern over moves to water down the Bill of Rights.

'Any proposals to repeal any of the human rights . . . would be a retrograde step and there has been concern expressed right across the international community - in the US, Europe and elsewhere,' Mr Rifkind said.

13 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Rifkind urged to ask Qian if China will honour pledge

Legislators yesterday urged Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind to find out whether China intends to stick to its pledge of not having two bodies making laws before the handover.

1 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

Rifkind to meet Qian on laws

Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind will meet Chinese Vice-Premier Qian Qichen to discuss the plan to repeal in full or in part 25 of the territory's laws, including the Bill of Rights Ordinance.

30 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Rifkind asks for clarification

Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind last night urged his Chinese counterpart Qian Qichen to clarify recent remarks that Hong Kong would not be able to mark the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square killings. Mr Rifkind told the House of Commons that Beijing had been approached at the highest level over the comments.

25 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Rifkind comments on future rule of Hong Kong

Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind said he expected China to implement the 'two systems, one country' [sic] policy after the handover. The remarks were the first by a British cabinet minister since Mr Qian's controversial comments. Mr Rifkind was speaking after an hour-long meeting yesterday with Governor Chris Patten, who is visiting Britain.

22 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Patten hits hard in final speech

Governor Chris Patten is to announce hundreds of new initiatives in his swan song policy address on Wednesday to show his determination to continue effective government before sovereignty reverts to China.

30 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Flurry of talks in run-up to summit

Top Joint Liaison Group negotiators are holding last-minute talks on next year's handover ceremony before Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind and his Chinese counterpart, Qian Qichen , meet in New York tonight.

The South China Morning Post understands that Hugh Davies and Zhao Jihua have held daily meetings this week on the issue.

26 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Lu looks forward to shaking hands with Patten

Lu Ping , China's top spokesman on Hong Kong affairs, said yesterday he was looking forward to shaking hands with his old adversary Chris Patten at next year's handover.

In another sign of Mr Lu's growing conciliation towards the Governor, who angered China by masterminding Hong Kong's democratic reforms, he said Mr Patten would be welcome at the handover ceremony.

4 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Malcolm Rifkind

British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind reportedly warned yesterday that China's lack of understanding of a market economy may hinder Hong Kong's smooth handover.

Mr Rifkind made an unscheduled stopover at Kai Tak on his way to Japan, where he was said to have made the remarks in talks with Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto.

2 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

I'm no rambo, says Patten

GOVERNOR Chris Patten has fiercely denied he has become an 'oriental Rambo' who picked a fight with China over his democracy plans.

He pledged Britain's responsibilities towards Hong Kong, as well as British interests in the territory, would endure well beyond the handover.

23 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Redhead Robin fires disrespectful rocket

Perhaps Ronald Arculli was being a little unfair on Robin Cook.

If the shadow foreign secretary hadn't been sitting there in person, he said, he might have been fooled into thinking it was Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind instead.

You had the distinct feeling he wasn't talking about their Scottish accents.

2 May 1996 - 12:00am

Aid for quick escape

A hilarious emergency evacuation service being flogged in Hong Kong made headlines this week. In the event of political instability in the territory, British firm Global Repatriation Services (GRS) promises to help its clients by providing airport transfers, hotel accommodation and, wait for it, onward travel by a scheduled airline. Wah!

28 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Patten seeks solutions from talks

GOVERNOR Chris Patten hopes next weekend's meeting between Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind and Chinese Foreign Minister Qian Qichen will bring progress on problems such as right of abode, the provisional legislature and civil service loyalty tests.

14 Apr 1996 - 12:00am