Hong Kong Transfer

Hong Kong Transfer

Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher holding talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing (December 19th 1984).

The discussion ended in an agreement that formally seals the future of Hong Kong, transferring it from a British colony of six million people back to China in 1997.

The agreement, which ended 155 years of British rule of the colony, also launches a new era in trade and diplomacy between the two countries. Britain secured at least fifty years of semi-autonomous status of the colony, with promises to maintain the capitalist system. Many other rights of the citizens of Hong Kong were to be maintained after the hand-over.

To the left of Mrs Thatcher is the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe.

Province: Beijing Date: 1984 Copyright: © SACU