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Chief executive who opposed central government would be threat to national security, says Basic Law head

Basic Law Committee chief warns national security would be compromised

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 April, 2014, 5:45pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 April, 2014, 7:31am
 

Basic Law Committee chairman Li Fei warned yesterday that national security would be threatened if someone who confronted the central government became Hong Kong's chief executive.

The comments came in a meeting with media executives from the city, who were told by top Beijing officials on Thursday that Occupy Central was an "illegal" movement that "damages the prosperity and stability" of the city.

"The biggest disagreement in society, he said, was whether Hong Kong could allow someone who was opposed to the central government to be its chief executive," Ronald Chiu Ying-chun, executive director of Cable TV, told reporters in Beijing yesterday after the closed-door meeting with Li.

"His view was that if someone against the central government became chief executive, national security would be threatened, and it would not be in the interests of Hong Kong in the long run," said Chiu, who is also chairman of the Hong Kong News Executives' Association.

"He also emphasised the importance of a nominating committee, which he said was a fair structure of the election system because then political parties would not have to eliminate its candidates," Chiu said of the major stumbling block in the discussion of the city's political reform.

The comments chime with similar parameters set by Zhang Dejiang , chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, who told NPC delegates from the city last month that the implementation of universal suffrage must not undermine national security.

The city's pan-democrats want the public to nominate candidates for the 2017 chief executive election. But the central government insists this is inconsistent with the Basic Law, saying candidates should be named by a nominating committee.

On Thursday, Vice-President Li Yuanchao, the deputy head of the Communist Party's leading group on Hong Kong and Macau affairs, and Wang Guangya , director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, said Beijing strongly opposed Occupy Central as it would damage the prosperity and stability of the city.

Wang reportedly told the news executives to increase their coverage of opposition to the movement to reflect public opinion. Some critics have questioned if the comments would harm editorial independence. But Chiu said he did not feel the remarks put the news executives under pressure as "all comments made by the officials ... were in the direction that they wished we could operate objectively, fairly and impartially, as Li Yuanchao said".

"Another thing is they did not summon us here to tell us this and that. We initiated the visit and throughout the time they were only responding to questions we raised," he said.

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rpasea
It is impossible for any CE to be opposed to Beijing as Beijing will filter out all candidates they find objectionable. Democracy with Chinese characteristics (meaning elections are fine so long as the outcome is controlled).
lamlm38
well it works somehow in Sg.. that's why the CCP sends mid-level officials to Sg for training :)
rpasea
True. Singapore has perfected what Marx intended.
ianson
More CCP lies and scaremongering. Business as usual.
Here's a message for you, Li: Hong Kong is one of the most law-abiding, secure places on earth (which is one of the reasons why we love it) while your mainland jurisdiction looks like the Wild West. You threaten us, not we you.
321manu
"national security would be threatened", and huge asteroids will hit the earth, and all mankind will be doomed to the fate of the dinosaurs....
It is amazing how often CCP talking heads resort to "fear" as their only motivator for affecting public opinion. Of course, he doesn't tell us why national security would be threatened, how it would be threatened, or the magnitude of any such threat. Those would require actual thought and contemplation, but that's not what CCP talking heads do.
""all comments made by the officials ... were in the direction that they wished we could operate objectively, fairly and impartially, as Li Yuanchao said".....as long as the newsies could " increase their coverage of opposition to the (Occupy) movement"...You gotta love how the CCP "freedom of the press" system works. You are as free as a bird, as long as you say what we want you to say. I'm surprised the news groups weren't told to "generate" stories of opposition rather than simply cover them, cuz that would be entirely consistent with the CCP way as well.
sudo rm -f cy
China is the single biggest threat to Hong Kong's security.
williechow
How is that possible considering Hong Kong is part of China?
HiggsSinglet
Who is this Li Fei joker? When a government is wrong, it needs to be told, regardless of country. USA, PRC or any country in the world. This Li Fei's mind is too corrupted with confucius control freak teachings or he is just trying to score browny points and kiss his bosses rear end!!!!
williechow
If you can read, you would know that Mr Li was not talking about telling a government it is wrong.
He was talking about opposing the government.
LunarRepublic
In the eyes of the Chinese government, they're pretty much the same thing.

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