Hong Kong, Now and Then – with Chris Patten, Hatchards

Hong Kong, Now and Then – with Chris Patten, Hatchards

Join Lord Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong, for an evening of personal and political insight.

In June 1992 Chris Patten went to Hong Kong as the last British governor, to try to prepare it not (as other British colonies over the decades) for independence, but for handing back in 1997 to the Chinese, from whom most of its territory had been leased 99 years previously. Over the next five years he kept a diary, which describes in detail how Hong Kong was run as a British colony and what happened as the handover approached.

This evening, Lord Patten reflects on negotiating with the Chinese and the institutions of democracy in Hong Kong, as well as the situation there since the handover.

Do join us here at Hatchards for what promises to be a fascinating evening to celebrate the publication of The Hong Kong Diaries.

All welcome!