During the 2014 Umbrella Revolution, a campaign against perceived violations of mainland China in HKSAR, Chinese officials concluded for the first time that China considered the joint declaration “invalid,” according to a British MP.  This conclusion was found to be “manifestly erroneous” by a senior Hong Kong lawyer and rejected by the British Foreign Minister, who stated that the document was a legally binding agreement that had to be respected.   Rita Fan, then Hong Kong`s only representative on the Standing Committee of the National People`s Congress in Beijing, stated that responsibility for the UK`s oversight had expired and that the joint declaration did not provide for universal suffrage.  In the first years after the signing of the Joint Declaration in 1984, there was little disagreement between Beijing and London. While there were probably differences of opinion on the level of representation of the people in the Legislative Council, both governments agreed that after 1997, an executive government of appointed officials would prevail in the region, as was the case under colonial rule. Both sides also worked with the understanding that Hong Kongers should be largely excluded from the negotiations on the transfer of sovereignty. This group was a connection organ, not a power organ, where each party could send up to 20 support coworkers. It is expected to meet at least once a year at each of the three sites (Beijing, London and Hong Kong). It was established in Hong Kong on July 1, 1988. It should also help HKSAR maintain and develop economic and cultural relations and conclude agreements on these issues with the relevant states, regions and international organisations, and could therefore create specific sub-groups. Between 1985 and 2000, the Joint Liaison Group held 47 plenary sessions, 18 in Hong Kong, 15 in London and 14 in Beijing. 2 With the exception of a series of these measures (opening in the telecommunications sector, issuing individual visas to tourists from parts of mainland China who visit Hong Kong …) implemented in the autumn of 2003, the agreement came into force on 1 January 2004.