Margaret Thatcher and then premier Zhao Ziyang exchange signed copies of the Hong Kong handover agreement in Beijing in December 1984. Photo: AP Margaret Thatcher and then premier Zhao Ziyang exchange signed copies of the Hong Kong handover agreement in Beijing in December 1984. Photo: AP
Margaret Thatcher and then premier Zhao Ziyang exchange signed copies of the Hong Kong handover agreement in Beijing in December 1984. Photo: AP

Signing of joint declaration masked deep rift between Britain and China over Hong Kong's future

Leaders put bright spin on 1984 signing of joint declaration, but were already deeply divided over Hong Kong's constitutional arrangements

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Margaret Thatcher and then premier Zhao Ziyang exchange signed copies of the Hong Kong handover agreement in Beijing in December 1984. Photo: AP Margaret Thatcher and then premier Zhao Ziyang exchange signed copies of the Hong Kong handover agreement in Beijing in December 1984. Photo: AP
Margaret Thatcher and then premier Zhao Ziyang exchange signed copies of the Hong Kong handover agreement in Beijing in December 1984. Photo: AP
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