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Club Lunch Panel: Is the Sino-British Joint Declaration Dead?

Date: 29 Aug 2019 12:30 PM | Venue:

Is the Sino-British Joint Declaration Dead?   

Alan Hoo
Chairman, The Basic Law Institute
Tim Summers
Lecturer, The Centre for China Studies, CUHK
Thursday, August 29, 2019
12:30pm for 12:45pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Talk
2:00 pm – Event Ends
1st Floor

Signed by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang in 1984, the Sino-British Joint Declaration laid the foundation for Hong Kong’s handover in 1997. With Hong Kong’s current political unrest, the question has been raised as to whether the Joint Declaration has been irrevocably violated. Beijing calls it a historical document that no longer has any realistic meaning while London insists it is a legally binding treaty that is registered with the U.N. and continues to be in force. The panelists will discuss from their perspectives whether the document is all but dead.


Alan Hoo, Queen’s Counsel, Senior Counsel, Justice of Peace and Silver Bauhinia Star recipient, is Chairman of the Basic Law Institute and a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. He is also a Deputy Chairman of the Liberal Party.


Tim Summers is a lecturer at the Centre for China Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a non-resident senior consulting fellow on the Asia-Pacific programme at Chatham House. His research covers the international relations and political economy of contemporary China. His book – China’s Hong Kong: the politics of a global city – was published in July 2019 by Agenda Publishing. He was a British diplomat in Hong Kong from 1996 to 2001, returning in late 2007.


Club Lunch Panel
Panelists: Alan Hoo, Tim Summers
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Dining Room and Verandah
Greek Salad
British Vegetable Soup with Barley
Glazed Duck Breast with Cinnamon & Honey
Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Pumpkin, Green Asparagus & Orange Gravy
Tandoori Fish with Garlic Naan
Green Salad, Coriander, Red Onion Rings, Lemon Wedges & Mint Sauce
Bread & Butter Pudding
Coffee or Tea
Petit Fours
Vegetarian Menu
Greek Salad
British Vegetable Soup with Barley
Baked Vegetable Lasagna
Bread & Butter Pudding
Coffee or Tea
Petit Fours
*Please inform us if you have any food allergies or intolerances


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