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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 officialwho oversaw Hong Kong's handover from Britain to China in 1997, has died at theage of 87.  At the initial stage of theSino-British talks, Lu assured Hongkongers that they had no reason to fearChina’s takeover because Beijing would leave them well alone.  Subsequently, however, he switched to ahardened stance when the British government sought to introduce greaterdemocracy in Hong Kong prior to the handover. He notoriously called the last British Governor Chris Patten a "sinnerfor a thousand years" for making Hong Kong’s elections moredemocratic.  He will also be rememberedfor threatening the Hong Kong press that they would be subject to China's lawson treason and subversion after the handover. Arguably, his unsettling remarks and belligerent attitudes in laterstages of the Sino-British negotiations sowed the first seeds of independencein Hong Kong as people began to see through the lies, prevarication, anddeception of the Beijing negotiators.