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UK diplomat Percy Cradock, China specialist, dies

UK diplomat Percy Cradock, China specialist, dies

Sir Percy Cradock, the British diplomat who negotiated the terms for returning Hong Kong to Chinese rule, has died at 86.
His family announced Thursday that Cradock died Jan. 22 following a brief illness.
Cradock was an expert on China and was ambassador to Beijing in 1983 when Britain opened negotiations on the hand-over of Hong Kong.
Though he believed he had few cards to play in the talks, Britain gained an agreement on the principle of "one nation, two systems" which preserved some of Hong Kong's democratic and economic freedoms.


Updated : 2021-04-11 10:08 GMT+08:00