© 2019 by LEE KAI CHUNG
 

On Agreement (2014-)

 

Sino British Declaration (Formal title: Joint Declaration of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of the People's Republic of China on the Question of Hong Kong) was signed by two countries in 1984, to determine future legal establishment and development of Hong Kong after Handover in 1997. Records and artifacts show that colonial British Hong Kong Government struggled in defining it as “Agreement” or “Declaration”, under tremendous pressure from PRC government, and local citizens expressed their anxiety towards the unknown future. The project relies a lot on the government document and archive in Government Records Service (GRS), however official records are either lost, destroyed or taken away by British before Hangover. From the remaining records, it reveals that Chinese government diminishes the legal enforcing power and its legitimacy of “Declaration”, especially when we compare the current situation of Hong Kong (Democratic reform) with declaration statements.