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Beijing hints at displeasure over Hong Kong's handling of baby formula issue

Top mainland official urges lawmakers to be more sensitive to needs of their neighbours

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 25 September, 2013, 3:57am

A top mainland official in charge of Hong Kong affairs yesterday urged the city's political appointees to improve their sensitivity when it comes to policies which have an impact on the mainland.

Citing the controversy over the limit on mainlanders taking baby milk formula across the border, Wang Guangya, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, said there was a need to explain clearly to mainland cities and provinces the impact of Hong Kong's policies.

His message was quoted by Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen after a closed-door meeting with a delegation of 16 undersecretaries and political assistants in Beijing yesterday.

It is unacceptable for Wang to intervene in the city's internal policy
LAWMAKER CLAUDIA MO

The group began a five-day trip taking classes at the Chinese Academy of Governance.

"He said the central government would continue to support Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and the SAR government to govern in accordance with the law. He also expects all the undersecretaries and political assistants [to] have the morality to support the chief executive and the government," said Tam.

Wang also expected all colleagues to be politically sensitive in relation to universal suffrage and policies that will have an impact on the city's co-operation with the mainland, said Tam.

"When policies are [enacted], it is equally important to communicate them [to] citizens and local governments on the mainland," Wang was quoted as saying.

Veteran commentator Johnny Lau Yui-siu said mainland officials believed Hong Kong lacked political talent and the message was directed at the undersecretaries and political assistants, and those above them.

Wang's mention of the baby milk formula controversy reflected Beijing's disappointment over how Hong Kong had handled an issue that affected the lives of mainlanders.

But Civic Party lawmaker Claudia Mo Man-ching said Wang's "completely illogical and inappropriate" remarks were intended to put pressure on limits placed on infant formula.

"The political appointees are paid by Hong Kong taxpayers' money - they should take care of Hongkongers' interests first instead of mainlanders'," said Mo. "It is unacceptable for Wang to intervene in the city's internal policy."

 

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nmp_inc
"He also expects all the undersecretaries and political assistants [to] have the morality to support the chief executive and the government" - in other words, Beijing concerned over back snipping, second guessing, and disloyalty... maybe not quite as loud as during Tung's time but the emphasis on 'morality to support' seems a definite swipe at the opportunistic patriotic lots ...
sudo rm -f cy
Wang Guangya himself has an infant granddaugther. Apple Daily ran an article on this today. No wonder he's so passionate about lifting the ban.
donniemcm
I think he will need to go to a lot of countries to tell the same message.
Because obviously Mainlanders are not only pilling HK stocks.
321manu
Nothing wrong with supply/demand, in principle. But I think the fear is that the demand will be artificially raised because of mainlanders like from Guangzhou coming in and clearing the shelves of the stuff, leaving none for HK parents. And it wouldn't surprise me if some of those mainlanders were childless, who go home and re-sell the stuff for a profit.
As it is now, there is a limit of how many cans you can bring back to the mainland. I suppose if someone was really motivated, they'd just make multiple trips.
KwunTongBypass
Wang Guangya ya ya ya ga ga ah!

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