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November 1, 2017

Think tank urges British government to uphold Joint Declaration

Henry Jackson Society

Twenty years after Hong Kong returned to Chinese sovereignty, the implementation of the “one country, two systems” principle in the former British colony is breaking down, according to a report published by a conservative think tank from the United Kingdom.

In its report to Britain’s House of Lords, the Henry Jackson Society Asia Studies Centre said Hong Kong has gone backward in the aspects of civic development, human rights, and judicial rule, Apple Daily reports.

It urged the British government to make representations with Beijing to see to it that the provisions of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, under the “one country, two systems” principle, are upheld in the territory after the handover.

The researchers of the paper include Hugh Davies, a senior UK representative in the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group; localist activist Edward Leung Tin-kei, Baptist University professor Dr. Malte Kaeding, and British human rights campaigner Benedict Rogers.

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