HC Deb 01 July 1997 vol 297 c91W
Mr. Ben Chapman

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential for development of United Kingdom relations with China after the handover of Hong Kong. [5718]

Mr. Tony Lloyd

We aim to build a new, broad and forward-looking relationship with China. We want Hong Kong to be a bridge not a barrier between us, but that will depend on China honouring its undertakings in the Joint Declaration. Britain and China have substantial common interests. We look forward to dialogue and cooperation across a full range of issues.