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Beijing warns pan-democrats of 'misjudgment' in using mass protests

Global Times editorial dares pan-democrats to use 'economic suicide' gamble in confronting Beijing

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 March, 2013, 9:03am


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Beijing has warned Hong Kong's pan-democrats that using mass protests to confront the central government would be a "misjudgment".

The strongly worded remarks came as the United Nations Human Rights Committee's latest report on Hong Kong expressed concern about "the lack of a clear plan to institute universal suffrage and to ensure the right of all persons to vote and to stand for election without unreasonable limitations".

The Global Times newspaper, affiliated with Communist Party mouthpiece the People's Daily, dared the pan-democrats to try pushing Hong Kong to "economic suicide" - apparently referring to the Occupy Central campaign.

Beijing pledged in 2007 that the city's chief executive would be democratically elected as early as 2017, and the campaign plans, as a last resort, to block traffic in the city's central business district next year to press for true universal suffrage.

The Global Times wrote: "The pan-democracy camp … should not be under the illusion that they can control Hong Kong's political development. Confronting the central government is not an option if Hong Kong is to survive. China has adequate power to stop Hong Kong [from] ... becoming a threat."

Confronting the central government is not an option if Hong Kong is to survive. China has adequate power to stop Hong Kong [from] ... becoming a threat
Global Times

The editorial added: "Those who want to threaten the central government by trying to mess up Hong Kong should recognise that the losses brought about to Hong Kong by their act would be much bigger than those the rest of China would suffer.

"If they believe [Hongkongers will support them] in using 'economic suicide' as a political gamble, let them try and see."

Veteran China watcher Johnny Lau Yui-siu said the editorial showed Beijing was determined to have full control over the election. "Beijing will not back down even though this could give rise to instability and economic losses in Hong Kong," said Lau, citing his recent contacts with his Beijing sources. "The Global Times comes under the People's Daily. I would be surprised if it is not reflecting Beijing's official views on the issue," he added.

Hong Kong lawmaker Ip Kwok-him, who is also a National People's Congress (NPC) deputy, said: "We have to follow the Basic Law when planning universal suffrage. But [the pan-democrats] do not want to follow the Basic Law. That is why Beijing expresses concern."

Qiao Xiaoyang, chairman of the NPC's Law Committee, told Beijing-loyalist lawmakers in Shenzhen on Sunday that under the "one country, two systems" formula, a chief executive had to "love China and love Hong Kong", and that Beijing had the final say on who is appointed.

The Alliance for True Democracy - which includes the 27 pan-democratic lawmakers - yesterday challenged Qiao to come to Hong Kong for an open debate on "true universal suffrage".

Legislator and executive councillor Starry Lee Wai-king, of the Beijing-loyalist Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said it was reasonable for Beijing to expect Hong Kong's future leader to be patriotic. She expressed worries Hong Kong could end up without universal suffrage if Beijing and the pan-democrats refused to compromise.



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We Hong Kong people will not be intimidated by China's threats. Hong Kong is not Tiananmen, our city is an international city, I dare them to try the Tiananmen tactic on HK! Let the world once again see the true face of China, I'm sure if China is game enough then the UN will be forced to issue an economic sanction. When China resorts to using explicit threats then we should know it's just mere bravado with nothing to back it up.
hard times !
Without any universal suffrage in 2017 will be a shame or worry of the authorities in Beijing instead in Hong Kong.We have been promised that.If it fails to realize, our faith of the rulers will fade out. If the candidates for the top post turn out to be just 2 to 3 pro-establishment elements, all pan-democracy voters may boycott the election by absence,blank votes or ineffective votes.
China's actions regarding HK will be closely watched by Taiwan. Taiwan has a military (unlike HK) and the backing of the US. There are risks to China in suppressing HK's democracy; I just hope the leaders in Beijing can grasp this.
hard times !
if Hong Kong is to survive, there should be no confrontations against the Central authorities.Who is/are confrontational towards the Beijing ruling regime ? I wonder.In the territory,maybe just a bunch of extreme anti-communists who would like to see the collapse of the Chinese Communsit Party and its government in the coming years or decades.Yet most Hongkongers (including this outspoken Old Hong Kong) will never revolt against the ruler across the border.We would rather fight for our own interests such as the promised universal suffrage to us in 2017 for our chief executive to be directly-elected through 'one man, one vote' and no candidates competing for the top post will be screened out for their political background. Once anyone gains sufficient nomniation,he /she should be allowed to join the race instead of being got rid of by the screening mechanism---not patriotic enough which is too political and a breach of the Basic Law which never mentions that ! Right ?
Interesting how many of the arguments revolve around money. I guess the commies haven't yet learned that some things, like self determination, are more important than money and that people are prepared to fight for them.
The commies would also do well to understand that HK people, who love China, can see through the ludicrous political pretence that China and the communist party are the same thing. We know that nothing could be further from the truth. We are loyal to China, but not to the revolting, corrupt and repressive communist party.
hard times !
Dear feloow Hong Kong residents who have the rights to vote for our chief executive in 2017 through a promised universal suffrage should bear in mind: don't be trapped by what Qiao Xiao-yang said in Shenzhen or Wang Guangya said in Beijing. If we don't air our views in the upcoming political reforms consultation to be launched in 2014.we will be like being trapped in a sad city ----without any hope at all ! We should bravely and actively make our voices concerning the universal suffrage be known.Otherwise in 2017, we will certainly have to vote among 2 to 3 fixed candidates (most probably those conservative elements favoured by Beijing) and we may be forced to boycott it by either absent from the voting or cast vacant ballots or ineffective ballots.Just wait and see.
hard times !
'Occupy Central' movement is just the last resort of our pan-democrats who pursue a geniune universal suffrage in this international city---the most democratic and free metropolitan city in Mainland China.Of course,we are proud of our 'rule of law' instead of 'ruled by law' which is practised on Mainland.How can a non-violent civil-disobedience movement leads to the economic suicide of Hong Kong ? I wonder,.Someone is deliberately trying to scare us from taking part in it---on the excuse/pretext of it might ruin our economy ? I remember after the June 4th Massacre in Beijing,there were two million-people marches where the starting point was Central (which was terribly crowded with people) but there was no chaos at all ! Not to say economic suicide for Hong Kong !
Today's news on SCMP, "While our collective wealth is improving, the ever-widening wealth gap has become a source of social tensions. Hong Kong people are a miserable lot. According to the misery index constructed by Shue Yan University's Economic and Wellbeing Project, seven in 10 Hongkongers say they are living in misery." - This is a real problem. Who can fix it? Perhaps HK needs more than one CEO, a committee of CEOs, along the objectives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation?
hard times !
Suppressing a democratic political system in this international modern city and one of the financial centres in the world where the literacy rate is the highest in the whole of China, I just cannot imagine the outcome---riots ? Nonsense ! violence ? Not exactly ! But deep frustration and a sense of betrayal and being cheated will prevail among our educated middle class and the general public who yearn for a leader (directly-elected by all qualified voters) who can be accountable and responsible to us who elect him/her in the universal suffrage.Only when the chief executive is elected by most qualifed voters, can he/she represents our interests and has our well-beings in mind.Just look at the retired Sir Tsang Yum-kuen (elected by the tycoons and their agents in a small-circle election) , his policies related to land supply and the building of public housing estates and Home Ownership Scheme were biased to his voters---the tycoons and their agents plus the commercial sector--sacrificing the general public and the middle class in town ! Right ? So, a geniune universal suffrage in Hong Kong is a must and we will strive for it at all price---the 'Occupy Central' movement is just the last resort only ! A geniune universal suffrage affects ourselves and our next generations and next ... Right ? Don't hesitate, act now and be brave to voice your concern on this issue,all dear readers of this Comment column !
hard times !
I wonder if local leftist 'newspaper'/ mouthpiece so-called Wen Wui Pao (which sales are so low that many of its copies have been sent to the Philippines to be distributed freely there and my relative told me that its contents are like propaganda materials---unbelievable---so he asked me to give him certain Hong Kong newspaper websites to have a better and real understanding of Hong Kong) can have its pro-Beijing views in its editorial. Then why can't our respectable SCMP's editorial have its stance and views concerning the heated topic: a geniune universal suffrage for Hong Kong in 2017 ? Right ?




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