Beijing keen to see end to democracy debate

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 October, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 October, 2013, 3:46am

After almost three decades, there is still no certainty that Hong Kong's struggle for democracy will bear fruit by the end of next year. What is certain is that no parties want further delays, including Beijing, according to a veteran Beijing-friendly politician. "Beijing officials are not impressed with the idea of dragging the debate on for another five years," the source said. He was referring to what vice-chairwoman of the national legislature's Basic Law Committee Elsie Leung Oi-sie said earlier about an "evolving" political system. She said the city should get "one man, one vote" first and improve the political system later. "I understand Beijing hopes to solve the matter once and for all, although some officials might be regretting the decision to promise Hong Kong universal suffrage by 2017," the source added. Joshua But


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