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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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A Hong Konger
SpeakFreely: "Mainlanders no longer see Hk as a road model for a long time.", perhaps not, but who cares? That's not the point.
Objectively speaking, if anyone sees HK go from a prosperous, free, generally democratic, self-governing territory with improving human and civic rights, to a place with massive social issues, constant political crises, diminishing freedoms and economic opportunities, growing inequality, increasing anti-gov protests, declining democratic processes, subject to economic blackmail by a ruling political elite thousands of kilometres away where people have happy memories of being colonised, then the government who is responsible for that would loose legitimacy by any objective measure (esp. in China) and "increase the likelihood of it being overthrown by violent means."
Whether you love or loathe Beijing, it's plain to see they're doing a bad job colonising HK. We'd be better of without them.
the sun also rises
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 !
ssslmcs01
It is easy to coment on others but how about backing it up?
my question to Ip Kwok Him is what do the so called pan democrats want that contravenes the basic law?
And a question for Starry Lee, what is your definition of patriotic?do you mean patrioti to Hong Kong and to the nation as a whole? Or do you mean patriotic to the communist party?

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