Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher at a dinner hosted by visiting Chinese premier Zhao Ziyang at the Chinese embassy in London in 1985. Photo: Reuters Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher at a dinner hosted by visiting Chinese premier Zhao Ziyang at the Chinese embassy in London in 1985. Photo: Reuters
Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher at a dinner hosted by visiting Chinese premier Zhao Ziyang at the Chinese embassy in London in 1985. Photo: Reuters

Painting or porcelain? Thatcher eager to please China’s Zhao Ziyang during 1985 visit to Britain

Keen to secure trade concessions and assurances on the Sino-British Joint Declaration, then prime minister spent a week discussing gifts for Chinese premier, declassified records show

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher at a dinner hosted by visiting Chinese premier Zhao Ziyang at the Chinese embassy in London in 1985. Photo: Reuters Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher at a dinner hosted by visiting Chinese premier Zhao Ziyang at the Chinese embassy in London in 1985. Photo: Reuters
Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher at a dinner hosted by visiting Chinese premier Zhao Ziyang at the Chinese embassy in London in 1985. Photo: Reuters
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