The negotiations on the reversion of Hong Kong’s sovereignty from the UK to the People’s Republic of China in 1982-84 changed Hong Kong’s political path. Hong Kong, a British colony since the end of the Opium War and the subsequent declaration of an unequal treaty in 1842, became the Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China, under the “one country, two systems” framework, in July 1997.