HongKong

US wanted Britain to ‘restrain’ Hong Kong opposition leader Martin Lee from holding 1997 handover protest, declassified records show




Days before Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule on July 1, 1997, a top United States official urged the British government to “restrain” Martin Lee Chu-ming and his fellow pan-democrats from staging protests against Beijing on the historic day, newly declassified records have revealed.US national security adviser Sandy Berger expressed fears that a protest planned by Lee, the leader of Hong Kong’s opposition camp, might face a “disproportionate reaction” from Beijing if he went ahead.The…



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