Team chief hits at threat to reveal talks details
SENIOR Chinese negotiator Zhao Jihua yesterday criticised a threat to disclose details of talks between Britain and China about the law amendments on subversion and treason.
'They cannot say that they will make the details public if the talks break down, can they? 'There has never been such a case in the Joint Liaison Group [JLG] in the past. It does not comply with our discussion procedures,' said Mr Zhao, the JLG Chinese leader.
Peter Lai Hing-ling, Secretary for Security, had said the Government would consider revealing details of the amendment bill on subversion and treason if the two sides failed to reach agreement.
Mr Zhao stressed that China was still studying documents provided by the Government and was willing to continue talks.
However, Mr Zhao declined to say if China had found any problem in the amendment bill. The Governor is confident that the security of the personal records of the territory's civil servants has not been breached.
His comments follow speculation about the reason for the Director of Immigration Laurence Leung Ming-yin's sudden retirement.
Speaking in London, Mr Patten said: 'I know of no reason to think there has been a breach of security or reporting of personal records to China or anybody.'