British foreign secretary Douglas Hurd (right) and governor Chris Patten at a press conference in 1993. Photo: Wan Kam-yan

British government originally planned to give Hong Kong’s Legco a choice of reform proposals if talks with China broke down, archives show

  • Frustration at the pace of negotiations with Beijing led John Major’s government to consider offering a second option more amenable to China
  • The plan was scrapped in November 1993 after China became more receptive to reforms
Topic |   Hong Kong political reform

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British foreign secretary Douglas Hurd (right) and governor Chris Patten at a press conference in 1993. Photo: Wan Kam-yan
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