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Lord Chris Patten, Former Hong Kong Governor (11 Nov 2005)


As the responses to his visit have shown this week, Chris (now Lord) Patten is still very much admired by a great many Hong Kong people. Lord Patten was appointed Governor of Hong Kong in April 1992. It was his daunting task to guide the territory through a potentially tumultuous transition, which he did until the Handover in 1997. On returning to the UK he was appointed Chairman of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland set up under the Good Friday Peace Agreement, which reported in 1999. In September 1999 he became European Commissioner for External Relations. He held that post until November 2004. He took his seat in the House of Lords in January 2005. His new book, "Not Quite the Diplomat", drawing on these experiences, contains his blunt views on the world of world affairs. We spoke to him about the book, Hong Kong, and foreign affairs, early in the morning of our broadcast. A special thank you to the Shangri-La Island Hotel for providing its Peak Room as the venue for this interview.

The Pulse
Publish Date: 
Friday, November 11, 2005
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