CHINA yesterday vowed to adopt a firm and uncompromising stance on the Sino-British diplomatic row over the Hongkong question, which it described as a ''struggle'' against international reactionary forces aimed at undermining Beijing's power. Foreign Minister Mr Qian Qichen attacked Britain as being among the ''reactionary forces'' which had tried to create trouble for China by supporting Mr Patten's political reforms. Mr Qian, a Politburo member, made the remarks when he attended a meeting of the Jilin provincial delegation to the National People's Congress. ''The world has been stricken by the international economic depression. But the Chinese economy has been growing tremendously. Some reactionary forces have attempted to create trouble for China,'' he said. ''They exploited the Taiwan question, the human rights issue in Tibet and the Hongkong question to create trouble for China. If China is unable to resolve even the Hongkong question, what strength can China retain internationally?'' he asked. Pointing an accusing finger at Mr Patten, Mr Qian said: ''Hongkong is not a constituency of Chris Patten. As the Governor of Hongkong, his job is not to win the support of the voters, but to work for smooth transition according to the Joint Declaration. ''Britain wants to turn Hongkong into a semi-independent entity so that its influence can be continued after 1997. It wants to test China's determination over the Hongkong question. But it has miscalculated.'' Mr Qian vowed to adopt a firm and uncompromising stance over the issue, adding that the final victory in this ''struggle'' would provide favourable conditions for the success of economic reform and the open door policy in China. Meanwhile, on the prospect of British Foreign Secretary Mr Douglas Hurd visiting Beijing, Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Mr Tian Zengpei said the Airport Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) stipulated that the two foreign ministers should meet twice a year. ''Mr Qian has visited Britain. According to the MOU, Mr Hurd should visit Beijing later,'' Mr Tian said. ''Detailed arrangements for his visit will be worked out through diplomatic channels.''