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Beijing warns it will not tolerate 'foreign meddling' in city's election

Central government warns of interference by outside groups trying to gain a 'bridgehead'

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 August, 2014, 11:53pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 August, 2014, 4:35am

The foreign ministry has issued a tough warning against foreign interference in Hong Kong affairs ahead of Sunday's decision by Beijing on the city's electoral reform.

In a report by Xinhua yesterday, a spokesman for the ministry's department of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Affairs said Beijing would not tolerate any attempt by foreign powers to interfere in the election in order to gain a foothold in China.

"Some people ignore the Basic Law provisions and the long-term interest of Hong Kong to collude with foreign powers in an attempt to interfere [with] the government administration," the spokesman said. "It is intolerable for them to use Hong Kong as a bridgehead to subvert and infiltrate the mainland."

The spokesman added that Beijing would rebut any foreign attempts to interfere in Hong Kong and China's internal affairs.

Veteran China watcher Johnny Lau Yui-siu said the warning was obviously a message to foreign governments and their diplomats not to try to influence the upcoming electoral reform.

"It is part of the national propaganda to counter the city's pan-democrats as well as warning against the interference of foreign powers," Lau said.

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress is expected to set out a tough framework for Hong Kong's first election by universal suffrage.

Under a draft plan to go before the committee on Sunday for a vote, only two to three candidates would be able to run in the 2017 chief executive election, and they would need the support of half of a 1,200-strong nominating committee to get on the ballot.

Meanwhile, the spokesman reiterated that the central government "has complete responsibility for foreign affairs related to Hong Kong".

He said international organisations must sign an agreement settling legal and technical issues with the central government before setting up offices in Hong Kong.

This arrangement showed that the city did not have so-called "residual power" regarding foreign affairs, the spokesman said. Autonomy in handling external affairs was authorised by Beijing in accordance with the city's mini-constitution, he said.

A law professor at the University of Hong Kong, Albert Chen Hung-yee, who is also a member of the Basic Law Committee, said the definition of "international organisation", which included subsidiary bodies of the United Nations, was stipulated in international law.

Civic Party lawmaker Kenneth Chan Ka-lok, also an international relations scholar, said international non-governmental organisations, such as Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch, would not be affected.

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53cb26e1-2d40-4733-be6c-08d10a3209ca
Well done, that get's straight to the punch doesn't it...
chaz_hen
Let's all be tolerant of "MongCock_Wong". Surely he's had some sort of gay experience gone terribly wrong and we shouldn't blame him for that.
Work the hate out of your system, "M_W"... self loathing is not productive. We're cheering for you to get over that hump in your life.
Perhaps surgery in Thailand is something you can consider?
ann.wei.121
Will not tolerate foreign meddling in.... yes, internal meddling is encouraged and orchestrated. In what did you say ? Election ?......ah ha ha ha.....ha.....ha.....ah.....ha ..election !
Beaker
How do Commies hold an election?
With two fingers
kctony
There ain't no commies in this world. Communism is a beautiful lie.
jaswinderpalsngh@yahoo.com
All these white pr$cks want the colonial days back, you ignorants!
kctony
I am not white. I want the colonial days back so my son can have an opportunity to buy his own flat.
You don't have to like the Brits to like their system.
The Indians can differentiate that but sadly not the Chinese.
I hope you are rich & connected o/w keep your fingers crossed that your children won't run into trouble with the more connected.
In 2006 TST East 1.30am a drunken race horse owner punched a policeman before he was arrested. His companion was smart actually to assist the police so they left the scene quickly before the media got there. Then he made one phone call to Shanghai. The drunk walked out of the police station free.
This is already the society we are living in.
ssslmcs01
Which country is meddling in Hong Kong's affairs more than any other?
I'm quite sure that no country in the world has picked an ideal candidate to sit in the Chief Executive's office after 2017 other than Beijing who has probably already engraved nameplates for the office door and stationery with his/her name on them.
tinborhui
So what is Beijing going to do if Cameron or Obama criticize its violation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law, arrest them? Ot maybe it will have to tolerate a world where it cannot effectively bully everyone.
Beaker
Wow MK-Wong. Why do you even live in MongKok, with all of "the gays" (haha, how bigotted Asians say it) living there. Ever heard of the MK Look? It means a metrosexual androgenous look. Funny you have that in our username. Instead of inclusion, you choose to cut out sections of the population you do not accept. BNO, bananas, the gays. Please remember to lift your knuckles when you walk.
Why don't you make it more clear who you are and what your world views are, MK-Wong. Why do you read an English newspaper? How does it seem that you comment on SCMP and therefore, you are not, in fact, a banana yourself? Where did your bigoted influence come from, the US southern states like, um, Mississippi? And then you pretend to be cool by trying to write in txt-ese? "innit"? Why are U even in HK. Clearly, you don't belong <as I sniff and knock lint off my sleeve whilst sneering in your direction>

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