British prime minister Margaret Thatcher (seated left) and Chinese premier Zhao Ziyang (seated right) sign the Sino-British Joint Declaration, on Hong Kong in Beijing, in December 1984. Picture: Xinhua

Why China’s record in honouring historical agreements smacks of cherry-picking

How could China dismiss the 1984 Joint Declaration as meaningless, yet days later cite an 1890 treaty signed with Britain in support of a territorial claim in the Himalayas? It’s all about convenience

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British prime minister Margaret Thatcher (seated left) and Chinese premier Zhao Ziyang (seated right) sign the Sino-British Joint Declaration, on Hong Kong in Beijing, in December 1984. Picture: Xinhua
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