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Patten changed the definition of functional constituencies, which the Chinese government no doubt viewed as a way of introducing democracy by sleight of hand, creating a status quo different from what had been agreed in the Joint Declaration.

But it's surely wrong to say that he changed the Basic Law itself, because it only came into effect after the handover and was never part of the laws of the British colony of Hong Kong. The Basic Law was drafted on the basis of the Joint Declaration, but Britain was not involved in writing it.

by Gag Halfrunt on Tue Jul 3rd, 2007 at 11:43:28 AM EST
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yes he was.  

I quoted the wrong part to you, but the details were worked out by both parties, and the legislature prior to the handover was identical to that afterwards in its constituent parts, but the names were different.

since Patten was the head of the executive and the legislature at the time, and the legislature of HK was not elected, he could have them do whatever he wanted.

the Chinese knew that if they changed the Basic Law drafted by this so-called Legislature (it was not elected) but the world didn't know that because no one bothered to look into it, they would lose face.

I am suffering from just diagnosed tonsillitis right now, so I am not up on looking for the exact explanation for you, but check out wikipedia and you will see this same explanation.  I'll probably feel better in a day or two so I'll do it by then, for sure.  

by zoe on Tue Jul 3rd, 2007 at 12:07:55 PM EST
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