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Death of Beijing master who sowed seeds for independence in Hong Kong

posted 4 May 2015, 14:38 by Hong Kong Independence Party   [ updated 4 May 2015, 14:42 ]

Lu Ping, the Chinese official who oversaw Hong Kong's handover from Britain to China in 1997, has died at the age of 87.  At the initial stage of the Sino-British talks, Lu assured Hongkongers that they had no reason to fear China’s takeover because Beijing would leave them well alone.  Subsequently, however, he switched to a hardened stance when the British government sought to introduce greater democracy in Hong Kong prior to the handover.  He notoriously called the last British Governor Chris Patten a "sinner for a thousand years" for making Hong Kong’s elections more democratic.  He will also be remembered for threatening the Hong Kong press that they would be subject to China's laws on treason and subversion after the handover.  Arguably, his unsettling remarks and belligerent attitudes in later stages of the Sino-British negotiations sowed the first seeds of independence in Hong Kong as people began to see through the lies, prevarication, and deception of the Beijing negotiators.