Xu calls for local leverage in PWC
THE Hong Kong members of the Preliminary Working Committee should have a say in the naming of members to the Preparatory Committee in 1996, veteran pro-China figure Xu Simin said yesterday.
Mr Xu, a PWC member and a standing committee member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, told a PWC discussion that this would help to realise the principle of 'Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong' as promised by China.
Mr Xu said Hong Kong should be given 75 per cent of the seats.
In the past, the selection of PWC members had been done by the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and the local branch of Xinhua (the New China News Agency), both mainland authorities.
Mr Xu said the Chinese authorities must consult PWC members when formulating the appointment list of the Preparatory Committee.
'It is our responsibility to prepare for the setting up of the Preparatory Committee. If the selection of members is left to the mainland authorities, what role are we going to play?' Mr Xu said the Preparatory Committee should recruit people with political experience and those with contacts with civil servants.
But he was against inviting members from the liberal camp, who he said were against Chinese rule, unless they began co-operating.
Mr Xu said the PWC's Hong Kong branch should not be confined to a liaison function or it would not be able to handle the bulk of work foreseen in the transition.
It should be equipped with many staff and resources, with aid from the Hong Kong Government, as a supporting team for its work.