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No consultation on political reform until conditions met, Beijing official says

Consultation should not begin until conditions met, says Beijing official

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 March, 2013, 10:07am

Consultation on electoral reform should not begin until most Hongkongers agree that those who confront the central government should not rule the city, a top Beijing official has said.

The remark by Qiao Xiaoyang, chairman of the Law Committee under the National People's Congress, came amid criticism by pan-democrats of the city's government for delaying public consultation on the 2017 chief executive election.

A full transcript of a speech Qiao made on Sunday was uploaded to the website of the central government's Hong Kong liaison office yesterday.

Qiao listed two key prerequisites for electing the chief executive by universal suffrage.

"A prerequisite is that it has to be in line with the Basic Law and the relevant decision of the NPC Standing Committee," he said. "Another prerequisite is that those confronting the central government are not allowed to become the chief executive.

A prerequisite is that it has to be in line with the Basic Law and the relevant decision of the NPC Standing Committee. Another prerequisite is that those confronting the central government are not allowed to become the chief executive
Qiao Xiaoyang, chairman of the Law Committee under the National People's Congress

"If these two prerequisites are not met and fail to gain recognition from a majority of people in Hong Kong society, it will be inappropriate to launch the political reform consultation. Even if the consultation went ahead, it would not yield a good result.

"Confrontation does not refer to criticising Beijing. Criticism is allowed as long as it is for the good of the country," he said.

He added that Hong Kong could not blindly follow the Western political system.

"What flowers the Western garden can plant are stipulated by their constitutions. What flowers the Hong Kong garden can plant are stipulated by the Basic Law. [The opposition camp can] say whatever they like but not the Basic Law provisions," he said.

"If you tell him, according to the Basic Law, this flower cannot be planted he will say you are inconsistent with international standards."

Democratic Party lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan criticised Qiao's ideas for "overriding" the system and the law. He hoped they were not Beijing's policy.

A government spokesman last night said authorities would launch the formal consultation "at an appropriate time".

The academic behind the Occupy Central movement, Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting, said Qiao's remarks would not affect plans to protest for universal suffrage.

 

 

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johnrai7
What an arrogant leader... this is very self centered and personal view, Chinese leaders must change their point of views and be more broad minded and same time wise rather speaking vaguely.
thung01
This is the same arrogant, pompous **** who came to HK several years ago and tried to lecture us on the difference between 'real democracy' and 'false democracy' -- as if he knew, not having lived under any democracy in his entire life. It is tragic that the future of our democracy depends on people like that.
hodfords
Define "Confront"
LunarRepublic
"Confrontation does not refer to criticising Beijing. Criticism is allowed as long as it is for the good of the country."
And so long as it's not too touchy, or we'll gag you in response.
Qiao doesn't even have a proper definitions differentiating 'Confrontation' and 'Criticism'. It's so vague to the point that it's possible to interchange them to suit the central government's intentions.
henleyhk
I presume "good of the country" is doublespeak for good of the party?
chauhy
the hong kong pan-dem groups to Beijing is like Kim Jung un in North Korea to the US. All empty threat without any substance. What need to be done is just ignore them and deprive them of the oxygen of publicity. I recently had chance to talk to ordinary people in Taiwan, they felt betrayed and sold a shoddy merchandise, and likened the political fight as dog biting dog what you get is mouthful of hairs nothing more
jayb
funny people.... trying to make hong kong an example to win Taiwan back to the bosom of motherland?
the sun also rises
this so-called Master Qiao is really too much.Who is this old guy (who once betrayed our promised universal suffrage in 2004 by actively seeking the so-called interpretation of our Basic Law to curb our universal suffrage in 2007 of our chief executive and our lawmakers in 2008) ? Now he dared say that there won't be any consultation of our political reform (which is not related to either defence or diplomacy indeed) if the conditions are not met---'candidates must be 'loving the country and Hong Kong';'not confrontational towards Beijing authorities.Setting a bottom-line for our candidates of the coming election of chief executive in 2017 when we were promised a unviersal suffrage (an unprecedented one under the Chinese communist regime) which should be a geniune one,not a faked one of which our leader is elected by a so-called nominating committee of which its members are strictly screened to get rid of so-called non-patriotic elements---mostly the pan-democrats---maybe those who take part in the 'Occupy Central 'Movement (including this Old Hong Kong who at least will financially support it !) ha ! ha !
ianson
Brilliant. The consultation process has been officially concluded even before it starts: agree before discussing what to agree. The insanity and hubris of this statement is breathtaking. Occupy Central and its consequences will likewise take the breath away from rabid despots like Qiao, too.
 
 
 
 
 

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