Chinese diplomat Lu Ping who oversaw Hong Kong handover passes away [ Current Affairs ]


Chinese diplomat Lu Ping who oversaw Hong Kong’s transition from British to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 passed away in Beijing in the age of 87 years old. Lu Ping was known for his hard-line stance for this transition and he was the China’s Chief negotiator in the years before handover.

  • From 1992 to 1997, Ping notoriously had called Hong Kong’s last British Governor Chris Patten a sinner for a thousand years for making the territory’s elections more democratic or his unilateral electoral reform proposals.
  • In 1990, Lu Ping was appointed Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO) and he retired in 1997, just few days after the handover.
  • Lu Ping was born on 27 September 1927 in Shanghai. He completed graduation from St. John’s University, Shanghai in 1947.
  • Lu Ping also had helped in drafting Hong Kong’s mini constitution.

- Published on: May 6, 2015