The public was perhaps most impressed by Xu Jiatun’s show of sympathy towards those taking part in the pro-democracy movement in 1989. Photo: SCMP Pictures

How Xu Jiatun won the hearts and minds of Hong Kong people

Beijing’s former top envoy to the city during British rule who died this week was well-respected for his relatively liberal views, even though it led to his exile

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The public was perhaps most impressed by Xu Jiatun’s show of sympathy towards those taking part in the pro-democracy movement in 1989. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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