June 1983 Xu Jiatun arrives in Hong Kong by train from Guangzhou to become director of the local branch of Xinhua, Beijing's de facto embassy. Sporting sun glasses and a short-sleeved suit, he causes some disquiet with his appearance and declaration outside Hung Hom railway station that: '[I'm here] for the unification of the motherland.' The same year, he tells the Hong Kong-Macau Work Committee Beijing should 'cultivate a group of pro-China capitalists in Hong Kong and Macau'. From 1983 to 1985, Mr Xu is instrumental in arranging meetings between local tycoons and Deng Xiaoping . November 1985 Holds press conference, first of its kind, in the then Xinhua headquarters in Happy Valley. Criticises Britain for its 'failure to act by the books', accusing London of deviating from its pact with Beijing by launching democratic elections in Hong Kong. May 1989 Visits students staging hunger strike outside the Xinhua office, urging them to quit the action on May 19, the fifth day of the fast. In the small hours of the same day, the then premier Zhao Ziyang visits student protesters in Tiananmen Square. January 1990 Mr Xu's retirement as Xinhua director announced, with analysts linking it to his sympathy towards the student-led democracy movement and close ties with Zhao. May 1990 Mr Xu flees Shenzhen to the United States via Hong Kong. He is later expelled from the Communist Party. October 1993 Publishes memoirs and meets Hong Kong and Taiwanese media.