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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
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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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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 !
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 ?
ianson
The editorial speaks of China's "power" to suppress Hong Kong's democratic development. Surely that is a reference to the PLA garrison. The threat is that the Communist Party leadership may be prepared to do a 6/4 in Central, deploying the PLA against Hong Kong people who seek to hold Beijing to its promise of democracy here. They would do it on the pretext that the security of Hong Kong was under attack and that they were "defending" Hong Kong. The Global Times is wrong about Hong Kong democrats' judgement: democrats are realistic and understand that much is at stake in this confrontation. The misjudgement is Beijing's: robbing Hong Kong of democracy will further erode the Party's image on the mainland and serve not only to hasten its demise but increase the likelihood of it being overthrown by violent means.
hard times !
after the departure of Lau Kong-wah from the DAB now led by Tam Yiu-chung, now the cannonman of that Party (without shame) is definitely this former teacher of local leftist school:Hong Wah Middle School,Ip Kwok-him whose voice is not clear enough to express himself while his arugments on any political topics have never been convincing enough.Yet this guy is both a vice-chairman of the DAB and also a delegate to the National People's Congress where he has never uttered any constructive views concerning his compatriots or the problems of his mother country besides being a cheering party member only ! What a guy indeed !
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.
Shadow
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.>>>>>>>>>My Great CHINA
johnrai7
Will be a tough time for awhile but same time its good in long term wise, HK standing on its own feet is what we need to survive for generations. HK has the professionalism and knowledge. We can be like Singapore. Surely Americas and Western countries do prefer our edgy services and don't worry there will be connection with China as per the WTO regs.
It will be respected for integrity, so HK...no worry be happy :)
rpasea
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 ?
henleyhk
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.

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