Dalhousie Law Journal


Hong Kong, China, United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher, Zhao Ziyang, Sino-British Joint Declaration, international law


On December 19, 1984, the United Kingdom's Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, and Premier Zhao Ziyang of the People's Republic of China, formally signed the Sino-British Joint Declaration on the Question of Hong Kong whereby the status of the British Dependent Territory of Hong Kong will cease to exist. As of July 1, 1997, the Chinese Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) will resume or be restored to sovereignty over the total territory known as Hong Kong.