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Beijing voices ‘concern’ over Hong Kong’s capacity for mainland tourists

Top official on city's affairs tells NPC delegates of fears over its tourism capacity and says recent protests were 'derogatory and divisive'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 March, 2014, 6:22pm
UPDATED : Friday, 07 March, 2014, 5:00pm

Beijing's top official on Hong Kong affairs has acknowledged for the first time that the city's capacity for mainland tourists is a matter of concern for the central government.

National People's Congress head Zhang Dejiang - the nation's third most powerful politician - told a closed meeting of Hong Kong delegates at the annual NPC session in Beijing yesterday that the problem had been "taken note of".

Zhang said the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council and the China National Tourism Administration should look at the issue with the Hong Kong government, said sources at the meeting.

[Zhang] said Hong Kong is not a sovereign state … so we cannot copy Western models
RITA FAN, NPC STANDING COMMITTEE

Ip Kwok-him, a local NPC deputy who was in attendance, said the NPC chairman wanted to know what resources the city had, so as to ensure trips by mainland visitors were "worthwhile and happy".

Ip said Zhang referred to the recent ill-tempered demonstrations by some Hong Kong people against mainland tourists.

Ip added: "Zhang said the recent protests were derogatory, intensified social divisions and were inappropriate."

Zhang expressed his concerns as he reiterated Beijing's stance on political reform, warning the city could face "disastrous consequences" if it adopted Western-style democracy.

Ma Fung-kwok, a Hong Kong deputy to the NPC, quoted Zhang as saying: "You cannot just move or copy [the electoral system] from abroad, otherwise you might very easily find it can't adapt to the local environment and become a democracy trap ... and possibly bring a disastrous result." Ma did not specify what such a disaster might be.

Others at the meeting said Zhang also re-emphasised key criteria for candidates in the election for chief executive in 2017.

He said candidates must "love" China and abide by the Basic Law, which states that all candidates must be approved by a "broadly representative nominating committee" - a body more than likely dominated by pro-Beijing loyalists.

The pan-democratic camp wants the public to be allowed to nominate candidates, as in Legislative Council elections and in many overseas polls.

Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, a member of the NPC's Standing Committee, said Zhang emphasised that the electoral method must follow the Basic Law and fit the actual situation in Hong Kong.

"He said Hong Kong is not a sovereign state … so we cannot copy Western models," Fan said.

Zhang was also said to have issued a veiled attack on the pro-democracy Occupy Central movement, which threatens to block roads in the city's financial district if authorities fail to deliver on genuine democracy.

Additional reporting by Reuters

 

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shouken
Was it 70 million visitors to HK in 2013? So what! Beijing had 160 million in 2009 (****www.chinanews.com/life/news/2010/01-14/2072507.shtml).
----Why should we pamper HKers so much?
DinGao
He said candidates must "love" China and abide by the Basic Law, The CE's oath says nothing about him/her having to "love China".
johnyuan
The national official raised in the meeting if Hong Kong is up to measure to treat mainland tourists so that they would have a pleasant visit in Hong Kong. If the official looks beyond the local protests against those visitors, the simple answer is that Hong Kong will never be able to guarantee the official that mainland visitors wouldn’t be received without protests from locals. The simple logic is that a finite Hong Kong environment with 7 million inhabitants living and working can’t be that easy to take on an infinite number out of 1.3 billions of mainlanders.
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If the official takes notice of the uncivil situation, it is time to ration the supply of tourists to match what Hong Kong can do to play more a civilized host. There are greedy people on both side of the border officials and tourist sector respectively who are egging on oversupplying of visitors to swarm the city of Hong Kong which is fighting for space even without any visitors visiting.
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The visiting rule must be reviewed to put a daily quota in place if happiness for visitors and locals can be had. It is all common sense and should not be a power play between David and Goliath. Here, the Goliath would never be slaughtered but David actually would be literally crushed.
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lamlm38
If a North Korean trained economist tells u you're not good enough.. then u must be screwed for good!!!
oxymoron13
Now Now be a good and responsible Shepard and herd your sheep back to the pen where they belong.
ejmciii
Could Xi look any more bored if he tried? He's probably anxious to start the annual Rites of Spring orgy back at his hotel suite. It's good to be da king.
lamlm38
haha someone pass him an ipad plz so he can check out those bikini babes!!!
Ant Lee
What is the big deal about BJ "acknowledging" something? I think we in Hong Kong place to much emphasis on BS from government officials.
mh0908
Article 45
The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall be selected by election or through consultations held locally and be appointed by the Central People's Government.
The method for selecting the Chief Executive shall be specified in the light of the actual situation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and in accordance with the principle of gradual and orderly progress. The ultimate aim is the selection of the Chief Executive by universal suffrage upon nomination by a broadly representative nominating committee in accordance with democratic procedures.
I am a simpleton and as such my personal interpretation of this Basic Law article is equally straight forward.
Dai Muff
Always nice when Beijing listens and your own government pooh-poohs your concerns.

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