The Sino-British Joint Declaration was signed on December 19, 1984, by then-premier Zhao Ziyang (right) and Margaret Thatcher (left), the former prime minister of Britain. Photo: Xinhua

Explainer: What is the Sino-British Joint Declaration and what does it have to do with Hong Kong’s extradition crisis?

  • Signed in 1984 after two years of negotiations, the joint declaration was meant to determine Hong Kong’s future
  • Pact is back in the news after British foreign secretary says Beijing must honour it in regard to extradition crisis
Topic |   Hong Kong extradition bill

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The Sino-British Joint Declaration was signed on December 19, 1984, by then-premier Zhao Ziyang (right) and Margaret Thatcher (left), the former prime minister of Britain. Photo: Xinhua
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Gary Cheung

Gary Cheung

Gary Cheung joined the Post in 2000, covering fields ranging from politics and the integration between Hong Kong and China. He became assistant editor-in-chief of Ming Pao in 2017 and returned to the Post the following year. He is author of Hong Kong’s Watershed: The 1967 riots (Hong Kong University Press, 2009).