Peking has been enraged by Mr Patten's proposals for limited democracy. The Chinese Foreign Minister, Qian Qichen, said China still hoped for co-operation with Britain. 'However, if there can no longer be co- operation, we cannot sit idly by while there is chaos in Hong Kong.'Reuse content
HONG KONG (Reuter) - Governor Chris Patten of Hong Kong yesterday brushed aside China's warning that Peking would not sit idly by if the colony became chaotic as a result of political reforms. Hong Kong was a model of stability and prosperity, Mr Patten said. 'We have here in Hong Kong a stable, prosperous, incredibly successful community, recognised as such by the whole of the world.'