Chinese Foreign Minister Huang Hua arrived in Hong Kong on Wednesday (19 March) for an unofficial but symbolic visit, as Mr.
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Background: Chinese Foreign Minister Huang Hua arrived in Hong Kong on Wednesday (19 March) for an unofficial but symbolic visit, as Mr. Huang is the first communist Chinese foreign minister to ever visit Hong Kong.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Huang's decision to stop in Hong Kong on his way home from a tour of the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore has been interpreted by local diplomats as a gesture of China's goodwill. Hong Kong is regarded by China as Chinese territory under British administration, but Peking looks favourably on the colony as a source of foreign exchange.
Although on a private visit, Mr. Huang will dine with the Governor of the colony, Sir Murray Maclehose, whom he met in Peking a year ago. Hong Kong officials and Britain would like a more tangible assurance from China in the next few years about the future of the colony, as the lease on the new territories area adjoining China is due to expire in 1997.