Deng Xiaoping and Margaret Thatcher in 1982 (top), a 19th century map of Hong Kong and (above) Thatcher and Zhao Ziyang sign the Joint Declaration in Beijing in 1984. Photos: AFP, SMP Pictures, AP

Hard-fought Sino-British negotiations over Hong Kong revealed in declassified files

Declassified files show how strongly Thatcher team believed British rule could continue, and its fears Chinese takeaway could pre-empt handover

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Deng Xiaoping and Margaret Thatcher in 1982 (top), a 19th century map of Hong Kong and (above) Thatcher and Zhao Ziyang sign the Joint Declaration in Beijing in 1984. Photos: AFP, SMP Pictures, AP
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