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Percy Cradock

Old master Thatcher's lesson in realism on handover

Sir Percy Cradock, former Foreign Affairs Advisor to the British Prime Minister. Photo: SCMP

The two British architects of Hong Kong's return to China are now dead. First it was Percy Cradock. Now, it's his boss Margaret Thatcher. Yet, the logic of their arguments for preserving Hong Kong's way of life by not confronting but by negotiating with Beijing and securing guarantees from it is still with us. It still very much underlies the thinking of the more intelligent and principled people from the pro-Beijing camp in Hong Kong.

Thursday, 11 April, 2013, 3:03am 5 comments

Former UK envoy Sir Richard Evans, who was key in HK's handover, dies

Sir Richard Mark Evans

Sir Richard Mark Evans, Britain's ambassador to China in 1984 who contributed to the negotiations that led to Hong Kong's handover to China, died on Friday at the age of 84.

30 Aug 2012 - 5:41am

Percy Cradock praises SAR crisis handling

Hong Kong had handled the crises since the handover well, according to former British ambassador to China Sir Percy Cradock.

He told RTHK's Letter to Hong Kong that Beijing had honoured its handover pledges not to meddle in SAR affairs with 'remarkable sophistication and restraint'.

13 Jul 1998 - 12:00am

Britain's new man in Beijing

Tony Galsworthy, one of Britain's foremost experts on Hong Kong and the former head of the Joint Liaison Group, will take over as Ambassador to Beijing in December.

The current ambassador, Sir Len Appleyard, will retire from the diplomatic service later this year.

17 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Patten sees 'happy ending'

Governor Chris Patten said yesterday it would take 'spectacularly malign incompetence' on China's part if it were to damage Hong Kong after 1997.

21 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Recalling redoubtable knight's 'triumphs'

Your forbearance in affording your non-executive director, Sir Percy Cradock, valuable column inches (South China Morning Post, September 30) to recycle his invective at the grievous damage done to Hong Kong as a result of the British Government allowing a former politician to trespass on what should rightfully be diplomats' sacred territory, is to be commended.

9 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Editorials attack speech

Newspaper editorials joined the pro-Beijing press in attacking Mr Patten's speech as sowing the seeds of suspicion in the community.

4 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

End of empire was inevitable

In his article of September 30, in the South China Morning Post, Sir Percy Cradock states that 'We would have dearly loved to retain British administration for Hong Kong. But we had to abandon that position . . . '.

Sir Percy does not define to whom 'we' in this context refers.

4 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Post names new directors

Former British ambassador to Beijing Sir Percy Cradock and solicitor Ronald Arculli have been appointed independent directors of South China Morning Post (Holdings) Ltd.

Sir Percy, 72, was ambassador between 1978 and 1983.

He was also foreign affairs adviser to Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major from 1984 to 1992.

25 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Unreal

SIR Percy Cradock is a much-labelled man.

3 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Vindictive

IN the Sunday Post of January 21, we were treated to an erudite column by Sir Percy Cradock, which may be summarised thus: Patten is wrong and I was right all along.

Don't rock the boat and, Let us not be prejudiced by worries about China's position on human rights or any other worrying aspect of the policies or modus vivendi of the future sovereign power.

4 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Nothing cute about our finest

POLICE spokesman Eric Lockeyear has been shocked by the whole police nude-photo scandal. 'I would like to put on record that we are not changing our moniker from 'Asia's finest' to 'Asia's cutest',' he said.

11 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

No sea-change in Governor's position

SIR Percy Cradock's article headlined, 'A lesson learned the hard way' (South China Morning Post, July 11), is a finely drafted piece.

This is as we would expect from Sir Percy.

13 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Sir Percy set to meet his match

NEWS that the formidable British MP Lady Olga Maitland is heading our way had a public relations operative we know reaching for a stiff drink.

Pleading that we not use his name for fear of eternal damnation, the poor fellow went on to tell us how he was working for a top London publisher during the days when Lady M edited the Sunday Express diary.

6 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

UK made mistake - Cradock

FORMER ambassador to Beijing Sir Percy Cradock yesterday urged the British Government to accept that a ''bad mistake'' had been made over democracy reforms, and to try to re-establish the co-operation with China that existed before 1992.

3 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

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