Margaret Thatcher and Zhao Ziyang sign the Joint Declaration in Beijing in 1984. Photo: AP Margaret Thatcher and Zhao Ziyang sign the Joint Declaration in Beijing in 1984. Photo: AP
Margaret Thatcher and Zhao Ziyang sign the Joint Declaration in Beijing in 1984. Photo: AP
Frank Ching
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Frank Ching

Joint Declaration protects more than just our rights and freedoms

Frank Ching reminds us the Joint Declaration is supposed to protect HK's autonomy in local affairs, not just our rights and freedoms

Margaret Thatcher and Zhao Ziyang sign the Joint Declaration in Beijing in 1984. Photo: AP Margaret Thatcher and Zhao Ziyang sign the Joint Declaration in Beijing in 1984. Photo: AP
Margaret Thatcher and Zhao Ziyang sign the Joint Declaration in Beijing in 1984. Photo: AP
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Frank Ching

Frank Ching

Frank Ching opened The Wall Street Journal’s bureau in Beijing in 1979 when the U.S. and China established diplomatic relations. Before that, he was with The New York Times in New York for 10 years. After Beijing, he wrote the book Ancestors and later joined the Far Eastern Economic Review.