British prime minister John Major shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Li Peng after they signed the agreement for Hong Kong's new airport in Beijing in 1991. Photo: Reuters

British Foreign Office was told to size up the risk of Chinese takeover of Hong Kong ahead of 1997, archives show

  • Hong Kong governor Chris Patten reported to London in 1993 that the PLA’s Guangzhou military command had been tasked with drawing up contingency plans
  • Former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping had previously made the threat that China might take the city in a 1982 meeting with Margaret Thatcher
Topic |   Hong Kong political reform

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British prime minister John Major shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Li Peng after they signed the agreement for Hong Kong's new airport in Beijing in 1991. Photo: Reuters
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