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Universal Suffrage

The Hong Kong Chief Executive election of 2017 will pick the top official of Hong Kong for the fifth term. According to the National People's Congress Standing Committee's resolution in 2007, the election may be implemented by the method of universal suffrage. Pan-democratic lawmakers and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have protested strongly against an election framework passed by Beijing on August 31, 2014, saying it fails to reach international standards for a truly democratic and open election. They have vowed to veto it in the Legislative Council and organise a series of street protests known as Occupy Central.

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UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE

CY Leung’s office hits back at Hong Kong’s ex-governor Chris Patten over political reform

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 September, 2014, 1:36pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 September, 2014, 7:11pm
 

The Chief Executive’s Office has hit back at former governor Chris Patten’s comments on Beijing’s reform plan, after Beijing loyalist Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai criticised Patten for looking at Hong Kong from a “pre-handover viewpoint”.

On Tuesday, Patten said the UK had a continuing “moral and political obligation to ensure that China respects its commitment”, set out in the Sino-British Joint Declaration, to “guarantee Hong Kong’s way of life for 50 years after 1997”.

His comments followed Beijing on Sunday ruling out an open election for Hong Kong’s next leader in 2017.

In a brief statement on Thursday, the office of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying responded to Patten’s comments.

“First, before Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, all governors of Hong Kong were not elected by Hong Kong people,” it said.

“Second, the Sino-British Joint Declaration does not provide for universal suffrage at all.

“Third, Hong Kong’s constitutional development under the Basic Law is an internal affair of our country and a matter for the central authorities and our people to decide.”

The statement came after Fan, a member of the Standing Committee of the national parliament, the National People’s Congress, said that London had no role to play in the arrival of universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

“There is no mention of universal suffrage in the Sino-British Joint Declaration….I hope Mr Patten could take a look at the Joint Declaration.”

Regarding the selection of chief executive, the Sino-British Joint Declaration states “the chief executive will be appointed by the [Beijing government] on the basis of the results of elections or consultations to be held locally”.

“So, in this sense, I don’t really know what Mr Patten was talking about,” Fan said.

The Joint Declaration also states that Hong Kong should have a high degree of autonomy and executive power, and that personal rights in the territory must be enshrined by law.

“The Hong Kong that Mr Patten understands is the Hong Kong before the handover. Today’s Hong Kong is different,” said Fan.

Fan served in the cabinet of former governor David Wilson, but became a vocal critic of Patten in the 1990s.

Patten’s comments were echoed by the lawmaker heading a British parliamentary inquiry on Hong Kong, who said Beijing appeared to have breached the Joint Declaration with Sunday’s ruling.

Beijing has warned the UK to drop the inquiry.

According to Sunday’s ruling, while Hong Kong could pick its chief executive under one-man one-vote in 2017, the candidates for the job would be chosen by a 1,200-member nominating committee, which would put forward only two or three who had to win the support of over half of its members.

Pan-democrats say it is not genuine universal suffrage as the committee will screen out candidates not wanted by Beijing. They have vowed to vote down the plan in the legislature.

Fan urged the pan-democrats to calm down and not to jump to conclusions, given that the final government plan would not be tabled to the legislature for voting before early next year.

“It is regrettable that the pan-democrats do not know how to communicate with the central government. Anytime when a chance for communication arises, the pan-democrats will in advance make public their demands and vow not to accept anything if all of their demands are not satisfied.

“That is not the way to communicate with the central government.”

 

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Anti communist HKer
“The Hong Kong that Mr Patten understands is the Hong Kong before the handover. Today’s Hong Kong is different." Yes, Rita, Hong Kong is different. Whereas people were generally apolitical pre-handover and accepting of how things were done, many of them now despise the government, Beijing, you and people like you. Why? Because you have no backbone to stand up for what's right.
“That is not the way to communicate with the central government." Oh please tell me, what is the proper way? Say "yes" to everything they say like you and the head puppet, CY Leung?
taoscmplogin
"You have no backbone to stand up for what's right" is not a statement of fact but rather a reflection of your moniker. By calling yourself "anti communist HKer" does that mean you are right and being a communist is wrong? What China and its leaders have accomplished (warts and all) since the days of being overrun and plundered by foreigners, and being able to proudly call yourself Chinese today, is more right than wrong.
CY Leung and Rita Fan have both made statement of facts in the article. But of course, they didn't really have to merit a response to Patten's [what today's generation would term] "brain f_a_r_t".
53b67fe6-fef8-46a4-9a6d-74350a320969
Used to think I like Fan, what a disappointment.
taoscmplogin
Disappointed about what? Being succinct and hitting the nail on the head?
skhk
Dance little puppet, dance
L.L.
What a **** talk man, u HK have make a lot of fault in past and u say now this **** words:(((In een korte verklaring op donderdag, het kantoor van de Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying gereageerd op de opmerkingen Patten))) Shame on u Leung, is not u job to go back to find out who is wrong or right! Men, u job is here and now, to fixed this **** in the past, do u understanding now what is u job?! At the moment! Leung!!! FIX THIS ****!!! MAKE A WHOLE NEW ONE GOOD STATEMENT FOR U LOCAL-CITIZEN! 7 milj. vote for the next generation in demoncratie system of HK! U can make this happen! I know u can do it, the question is, are u in or out??? for demoncratie??? Show me u real power of govern! U have it, u are smart men that i ever have seen, so, why so modest Leung? u love demoncratie-system, because u love freedom of speech, then u must be like for freedom... u know what is freedom, with freedom u would not take a abuse or misuse of anything! U will do it right, U love justice! Fix this old **** in past, make a whole new good one in here and now! Let's u local citizen to prove, what u have in u home, men, instead blame someone, make this wrong things in a good right things: (((in de gezamenlijke Chinees-Britse verklaring ingesteld, op "garanderen Hongkong manier van leven voor 50 jaar na 1997".))) MAKE this happen, LEUNG!!! 50y+50y freedom of HK! FREEDOM OF SPEECH...
5407322c-330c-40c3-a7fe-4c430a320968
“First, before Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, all governors of Hong Kong were not elected by Hong Kong people.”
Harsh words, coming from the unelected Chief Executive. “Hey pot, you’re black.” “Um, Kettle… so are you.”
“Second, the Sino-British Joint Declaration does not provide for universal suffrage at all.”
The Sino-British Joint Declaration does indeed provide for, but does not insist on, universal suffrage. Do try to read the text first before you do the press release on it.
“Third, Hong Kong’s constitutional development under the Basic Law is an internal affair of our country and a matter for the central authorities and our people to decide.”
If your political position is so dangerously insecure that you think Patten’s remarks are worth throwing a tantrum over, bad news — the Joint Declaration does imply, as the unelected (and indeed unelectable) peer posited, that it’s a dual-liability thing:
“The Government of the United Kingdom and the Government of the People's Republic of China agree to implement the preceding declarations and the Annexes to this Joint Declaration.”
Fan's snipe that Patten just doesn't understand today's Hong Kong brings us deliciously back full circle:
“Hey pot, you’re black.” “Um, Kettle… so are you.”
cleareye
LRE: Wanna revise your B.S.?
The Joint Declaration
In the Joint Declaration, the Government of the People's Republic of China declared that it had decided to resume the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong with effect from July 1, 1997, and the Government of the United Kingdom declared that it would restore Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China with effect from July 1, 1997.
The Government of the People's Republic of China declared that the basic policies of the PRC towards Hong Kong were:
Hong Kong shall be a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China upon the resumption of the exercise of sovereignty;
the Hong Kong SAR (HKSAR) will be directly under the authority of the Central People's Government and will enjoy a high degree of autonomy except in foreign and defence affairs which are the responsibilities of the Central People's Government;
the HKSAR will be vested with executive, legislative and independent judicial power including that of final adjudication. The laws in force before the resumption of the exercise of sovereignty by China will remain basically unchanged;
the Government of the HKSAR will be composed of local inhabitants. Foreign nationals working for the government of Hong Kong may remain in employment;
cleareye
the social and economic system in Hong Kong before the resumption of the exercise of sovereignty by China will remain unchanged, and so will the life-style. Rights and freedoms, private property, ownership of enterprises, legitimate rights of inheritance and foreign investment will be protected by law;
the HKSAR will retain the status of a free port and a separate customs territory;
the HKSAR will retain the status of an international financial centre and there will be a free flow of capital. The Hong Kong dollar will continue to circulate and remain freely convertible;
the HKSAR will have independent finances;
the HKSAR may establish mutually beneficial economic relations with the United Kingdom and other countries;
using the name "Hong Kong, China", the HKSAR may on its own develop economic and cultural relations with states, regions and relevant international organisations;
the maintenance of public order in the HKSAR will be the responsibility of the HKSAR itself, and
these policies will remain unchanged for 50 years.
L.L.
**** off men, it's doesn't matter what in past have make wrong or good, it's here and now, that count now! Make a real good one statement for coming 50y!!! not **** CN order and order and order... i don't like order! men, i like humans right, freedom, demoncratie, etc... dummy!!!

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