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Opponents of Beijing ineligible to be CE: top Chinese official

Top mainland official cites 3-stage test under which any candidate who 'confronts' central government would fail to qualify for election

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 March, 2013, 11:03pm
UPDATED : Monday, 25 March, 2013, 7:45am
 

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A top mainland official yesterday set the tone for the debate over Hong Kong's political reform by declaring that any members from the opposition camp who insist on confronting the central government cannot become the city's chief executive.

Despite declaring Beijing's "unswerving" commitment to universal suffrage by 2017, Qiao Xiaoyang, chairman of the Law Committee under the National People's Congress, also dropped the most significant hint so far about a screening mechanism being introduced ahead of the chief executive poll in 2017.

Qiao made the remarks in a closed-door seminar on the Basic Law, Hong Kong's mini-constitution, attended by almost 40 pro-establishment lawmakers in Shenzhen yesterday.

In the meeting - attended by the director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Wang Guangya, and the director of the liaison office in Hong Kong, Zhang Xiaoming - Qiao said the central government insisted that it was committed to Hong Kong achieving universal suffrage by 2017 in accordance with the Basic law.

It was "also unswerving that chief executive candidates must be persons who love the country and love Hong Kong, while the methods in the universal suffrage must match with the Basic Law and the decisions by the NPC Standing Committee", he said.

In a rare elaboration, Qiao admitted it would be difficult to write into law criteria for the "love country, love Hong Kong" notion, but those "who confront the central government" would fail to qualify, he said. This would be decided in three steps. "Firstly, the nomination committee will decide. Then the voters in Hong Kong will decide. Lastly, the central government will decide whether to appoint [the candidate] or not. Every person has a scale in their hearts," Qiao said.

He then referred to the opposition camp, an apparent reference to pan-democrats, and ruled them out of the race.

"As long as they insist on confronting the central government, they cannot become the chief executive," he said. "One day, when they give up going against the central government, and prove by their actions they will not harm the interests of the country and Hong Kong, the door is open for them."

A lawmaker who attended the meeting said Qiao cited at least one article written by former Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan, who stood against Leung Chun-ying for chief executive in 2012. In an article published in a Chinese-language newspaper, Ho called for an end to one-party rule.

Qiao said candidates had to be nominated by a newly formed nominating committee "as a whole", instead of by individual committee members, as in previous chief executive elections.

Pan-democrats said Qiao's explanation paved the way for a screening mechanism ahead of the chief executive poll.

 

 


What Qiao Xiaoyang Said

On the pro-democracy camp:
As long as they insist on confronting the central government, they cannot become the chief executive. One day when they give up going against the central government, and prove by their actions they will not harm the interests of the country and Hong Kong, the door is open for them to become the chief executive.

On the reasons for not accepting a chief executive candidate who confronts the central government:
If a person who confronts the central government becomes the chief executive, it can be expected that the tension between the two governments will be heightened, the close connection between Hong Kong and the mainland will be damaged, and that Hong Kong society will be torn apart.

On how to judge suitable candidates:
Firstly, the nomination committee will decide. Then the voters in Hong Kong will decide. Lastly, the central government will decide whether to appoint [the candidate] or not. Every person has a scale in their hearts.

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Dai Muff
"Meanwhile they should pay Legco members by the hour attended at Legco meetings" You need to pay attention. They will never do this because it's the pro-government ones who have the worst attendance records and only show up when they are told to for important votes.
maecheung
Agreed 100%. It's a waste of our tax dollar to support the part time, incompetent Legco members who have their own hidden agenda, rather than for the well being of ours.
Dai Muff
The problem is we disagree on which ones have the hidden agenda. I'd nominate the majority of the functional constituencies, NOT the ones that the people actually voted for.
caractacus
Well, here we go; finally the clouds part and we see the mountain. Under what law or lawful process will Qiao Xiaoyang carry his opinions into effect? Certainly not under any law. The PRC has laws but it does not respect or enforce them. There is only the whim of local or natiional tyrants. The rule of law is dead to these people who are incapable of the meanest understanding of what it means. They only understand force and violence. The Chinese Communist Party, so many of whose officials are corrupt on the grand scale, is supported by HK tycoons and appointed officials who have slavishy courted the PRC to make our city into the same kind of animal. China, aided and abetted by the real enemies of HK people, intends to betray the Joint Declaration and rig any elections by grotesquely distorting the meaning of universal suffrage while ignoring the needs of the people it was founded to represent. If that fails, they will use force.
It is clear that the people who run HK are corrupt officials and spoiled scions of the mega-rich who are loyal only to their money. No matter how amoral, dirty and corrupt they are, they are rewarded for ostensible loyalty to the Motherland. How disgusting. What a shameful abrogation of traditional Confucian values and a shame on the Chinese people. Will there ever be justice?
LunarRepublic
This can only lead to very, very, VERY ugly things.
lucifer
I think this is what we all expected. COme 2017, if they insist on this kind of "choose from our approved list of candidates" model, the people in Hong Kong will find it unacceptable. I don't believe they will take it lying down….stay tuned.
lamlm38
guys, get ur foreign passports ready.. its gonna get ugly from here... i love HK and China but never in my life time a CCP **** kisser :)
henleyhk
Wow! The commies really ARE spoiling for a fight. It's gonna get ugly!
ianson
Watch CY Leung and his people now. How is he going to handle the phoney consultation on democracy process now that it's all been laid out from on high? There's nothing left to discuss.
ianson
Qiao and his buddies have zero respect for the agreement which handed Hong Kong back to China. What's new? The entire "Communist" Party is a lie, starting from its very name. If they had any decency at all, they'd honestly rename it the "Rape and Pillage While Lying Through Our Grinning Teeth Party".

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