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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