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'Beijing's opponents cannot become chief executive', says Li Fei

Li Fei, chairman of the Basic Law Committee, reiterates that chief executive candidates must back one-party system

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 November, 2013, 1:19pm
UPDATED : Friday, 22 November, 2013, 3:47pm

People opposed to the central government cannot become the chief executive, a Beijing official reiterated in Hong Kong on Friday.

Li Fei, chairman of the Basic Law Committee, made the remarks as he addressed about 100 guests at a luncheon at Government House.

“The chief executive is accountable to the central government as well as the Hong Kong SAR, this means that the post must be taken up by a person who loves the country as well as Hong Kong – anyone opposed to the central government cannot [take up the top job],” Li said.

He warned that having a person opposed to the central government leading the city could deal a serious blow to the relationship between Beijing and the city, as well as Hong Kong’s stability.

Li’s predecessor Qiao Xiaoyang made similar comments in March, sparking worries among pan-democrats that Beijing was hinting that pro-democracy candidates could be ousted during the nominating process.

Pan-democrats have been advocating public nomination to alleviate worries about screening.

Li did not mention the pan-democrats’ idea in his speech, but he suggested that candidates should be put forward by a nomination committee to ensure “balanced participation”.

“So that all social classes and sectors have a say in the nomination process,” he said. “This could overcome possible discrepancies of other nominating methods.”


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Yawn. In other news, the world's most populous nation continues to act like a child in primary school.
I think what Li says makes a lot of practical sense regardless of whether one agrees with it or not. After all let us not forget that China is the sovereign state and HK is just an SAR under it. You cannot expect the central government to approve of someone who for example has an agenda to overthrow the Chinese Communist Party or to achieve full independence for HK.
LI may be spewing out old hat but we should understand that if a candidate voices something that is tantamount to overthrowing the party it cannot be acceptable. Beijing should clearly define what it means by opposition to the Central Government though. I believe it cannot be wrong for a candidate to oppose some of Beijing's policies on HK if it is felt this was done on the interests of the SAR.
Li Fei should choose his words more wisely and sometimes less talking is more.
Of course the candidates have to "love the country", and try as best as possible to get along and deal with a so-called communist system that is repellant in many ways.
As a person who leans towards the pro-democrat camp, however, I must say that I am disappointed that Emily Lau refused to attend the lunch with Li. Plus, given how some of the camp have been behaving towards the Philippines, threatening sanctions, I really don't think I'm going to vote at all in the next elections. I throw my hands in the air in frustration!
"This could overcome possible discrepancies of other nominating methods.”
---LOL. Gee, I wonder what discrepancies might creep up under his preferred nomination method? I wonder if he would consider a nomination list filled with CCP-yes-men/women to be a discrepancy?
Well, at least he left some wiggle room. So the CE can't be "opposed to the central government", but that would still permit someone who thinks the world of the CCP in China while not wanting to have anything to do with it in HK.


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