The British national flag flies in the foreground during a protest on July 1, as Hong Kong, a former British colony, marks the 22nd anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty. Photo: Bloomberg
Andrew Hammond
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Andrew Hammond

Hong Kong protests are growing into yet another thorn in relations between China and Britain

  • London regards strong economic ties with Beijing as vital for its post-Brexit future, but China’s ire over the support for the protests by the two candidates seeking to be Britain’s next leader underlines the difficulty of the task

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The British national flag flies in the foreground during a protest on July 1, as Hong Kong, a former British colony, marks the 22nd anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty. Photo: Bloomberg
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The Sino-British Joint Declaration was signed on December 19, 1984, by then-premier Zhao Ziyang (right) and Margaret Thatcher (left), the former prime minister of Britain. Photo: Xinhua

Explainer: What is the Sino-British Joint Declaration and what does it have to do with Hong Kong’s extradition crisis?

  • Signed in 1984 after two years of negotiations, the joint declaration was meant to determine Hong Kong’s future
  • Pact is back in the news after British foreign secretary says Beijing must honour it in regard to extradition crisis
Topic |   Hong Kong extradition law

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The Sino-British Joint Declaration was signed on December 19, 1984, by then-premier Zhao Ziyang (right) and Margaret Thatcher (left), the former prime minister of Britain. Photo: Xinhua
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