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Lu Ping, Chinese diplomat who oversaw Hong Kong transition, died

May 6, 2015 09:09 IST

Lu Ping, the Chinese diplomat who oversaw Hong Kong’s transition from British to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, died in Beijing on 3 May 2015. He was 87.

Ping, the China’s Chief negotiator during the transfer of Hong Kong to China, termed Hong Kong’s last British Governor Chris Patten (1992–1997) as a “sinner of a thousand years” for making the territory’s elections more democratic or his unilateral electoral reform proposals.

Ping was appointed Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO) in 1990 and retired in 1997. He had also helped in drafting the mini Constitution of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong
Hong Kong was leased for 99-years to the British Empire by China after it lost to Britishers in the first Opium War (1939-42). As part of it, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula became a perpetual British Colony. It was transferred to China on 30 June 1997 under the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and became China's first Special Administrative Region on 1 July 1997 under the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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