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Volume 301: debated on Tuesday 25 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of United Kingdom relations with China in respect of the handover of Hong Kong. [16000]

We have entered a new, more constructive phase in our relations with China. Provided China continues to fulfill its pledge to respect the Joint Declaration, we believe Hong Kong will remain a bridge between Britain and China. When my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary met his Chinese opposite number in New York in September, they agreed to work together on a whole range of bilateral and global issues.