Sino-British Joint Declaration

A great leader's way

A great leader's way

You can love her, you can hate her, but you cannot ignore her." These words, from Carol Thatcher, the daughter of the former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, give us an insight into the nature of this unique woman. These are the opening words to the BBC documentary The Iron Lady, first broadcast hours after Mrs Thatcher's death earlier this month. The words have been repeated often of late, because there is much truth behind them.

Thursday, 25 April, 2013, 3:04am 1 comment

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.

11 Apr 2013 - 3:03am 5 comments

No need to fret about a land lease 'cliff' in 2047

All the talk now in world business circles is about a so-called financial "cliff", when savage spending cuts and sharp tax increases are scheduled to kick in to compensate for past failures to reach a sensible bipartisan deal on the United States budget.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:49am

Abode rules have served HK well

Right of abode, along with democratic development, must rank as one of the most controversial issues to have dogged Hong Kong in the past quarter of a century.

28 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

British envoy relishes third posting in ever-changing city

Last weekend, somewhere over Russian airspace, Andrew Seaton marked his 54th birthday on a Virgin flight from London to Hong Kong.

There was no special announcement nor surprise upgrade.

27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Time to quell the noise on patriotism

Too much noise makes clear thought and calm discussion impossible. There has been too much noise in the debate on Hong Kong's constitutional change. Statements from Beijing on who can be considered a patriot have added to the din. They have personalised, and polarised, the discussion.

26 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Have you read the Joint Declaration?

Many students are probably wondering why the South China Morning Post gave prominent coverage to an interview with Lord Howe, putting it on the newspaper's front page on Monday (September 22, 2003).

Our older readers, however, would readily appreciate why his thoughts on how Hong Kong has fared over the past six years under Chinese sovereignty are newsworthy.

26 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Beijing officials' remarks wayward, says UK envoy

Britain has described recent statements by Beijing officials on SAR affairs as 'wayward remarks at variance with the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law'.

Without naming names, outgoing British Consul-General Sir Andrew Burns said remarks had been made that were 'out of order' and 'off the mark'.

12 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

End of the affair

No matter that Annex II of the Sino-British Joint Declaration on the future of Hong Kong, which provided for the establishment of the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group, stipulates that the body 'shall not be an organ of power'. Anyone who had followed the ups and downs of Sino-British relations up to 1997 found that the body was anything but what it was meant to be.

8 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Two legal systems at odds

Under the terms of the Joint Declaration that China and Britain signed in 1984, Hong Kong would enjoy a 'high degree of autonomy' after its return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997.

This was enshrined in the 'one country, two systems' principle.

25 May 1999 - 12:00am

Sino-British relations on the right track

I refer to Emily Lau's article 'Public let down by 'spineless' British' (South China Morning Post, January 19).

I beg to differ with Ms Lau's opinion regarding the role of the British in post-1997 Hong Kong.

21 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Tony Blair - message

Tony Blair - Prime Minister of Great Britain Q HOW do you see the future of Hong Kong after it returns to China? on 1 July 1? A Provided China honours the promises made in the Joint Declaration, I expect Hong Kong to go from strength to strength and to be one of the great success stories of the 21st century.

1 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

US calls for swift elections after July 1

PRESIDENT Bill Clinton's chief foreign policy aide yesterday called on China to hold a new set of legislative elections in Hong Kong as soon as possible after July 1.

8 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

'Limited' British influence after handover

A top British negotiator yesterday admitted Britain would have a limited role after the handover, despite its presence on the group monitoring the Joint Declaration.

Speaking after the last session of the Joint Liaison Group (JLG) before the handover, British team leader Hugh Davies said Britain could impose diplomatic pressure in cases of China violating the agreement.

31 May 1997 - 12:00am

Deng Xiaoping

Britain expressed regret, with a spokesman praising the 'crucial part' Deng played in the development of an economically dynamic and successful China and hailed his 'visionary concept' on Hong Kong.

20 Feb 1997 - 12:00am