BRITISH Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd said early today (Hong Kong time) that 'the time has come' for China to help break the deadlock over Hong Kong's transition. On the eve of his meeting in New York with Chinese Foreign Minister Qian Qichen, Mr Hurd said he would press the point that progress had to be made. Noting the recent lack of movement in the Joint Liaison Group, Mr Hurd said 'it is the great interest of China and Britain that Hong Kong should succeed'. Mr Hurd said it was not a question of asking China to make concessions to Britain. 'We are not asking for any gracious favours to Britain. We're asking for the co-operation which is essential for the success of Hong Kong.' However, Mr Hurd refused to be drawn on the exact points he would be making to the Chinese during the meeting, which is expected to be held at 9.30 pm (Hong Kong time). Earlier in the day, the semi-official Hong Kong China News Agency said Sino-British co-operation would be doomed if London was willing to co-operate only on issues to its benefit. It said transitional issues would remain unresolved if Britain continued to go it alone on certain matters. 'The British side has repeatedly said they want to seek the 'shared interest' with China. Is it the 'shared interest' for Britain to force its decisions on economic and livelihood matters for China to accept? China will definitely not agree to it,' it said. The agency said the British side of the JLG wanted only to push for the granting of contracts for the Container Terminal 9 at the last plenary session. It had rejected Chinese demands for discussion on matters including the transfer of financial information, information on civil servants and government archives, the agency said. A survey released yesterday showed nearly 40 per cent of Hong Kong people do not think 'one country, two systems' will be in place in the territory after 1997. According to the poll commissioned by Cable TV, 38.7 per cent of the 1,012 respondents said they had no confidence in the 10-year-old pledge enshrined in the Joint Declaration. A total of 29.7 per cent said they had little confidence while 14.7 per cent said they had great confidence in the promise. Also, 34.7 per cent of the respondents felt Britain was not fulfilling its obligations under the Joint Declaration. The figure for China was slightly higher at 38.8 per cent. But more than half, or 50.7 per cent, believed there would be a smooth transition. Only 20.8 per cent did not have faith in that. The telephone survey was held from last Friday to Monday.