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Hong Kong’s Anson Chan gives talk on democracy as she visits US ahead of Trump’s inauguration

Former chief secretary turned democracy activist also met prominent Republicans, including RNC chair

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 January, 2017, 9:33am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 January, 2017, 8:31pm

Hong Kong’s former No 2 official turned democracy activist Anson Chan Fang On-sang has begun her visit to the United States ahead of US president-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony on Friday.

On Tuesday, Chan gave a talk titled “Developments on rule of law, civil liberties and democracy” at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C.

Audience members asked questions about the city’s coming chief executive election as well as Article 23 in the Basic Law, which requires Hong Kong to pass legislation prohibiting acts of “treason, secession, sedition, or subversion”.

Chan, the convenor of think tank Hong Kong 2020, also met several members of the Republican Party, including former Massachusetts Republican Party chairman Robert Maginn, congressman Chris Smith as well as Ronna Romney McDaniel, who chairs the Republican National Committee.

On January 9, Chan revealed that she had accepted an invitation to attend Trump’s inauguration ceremony. This will be her first time attending the inauguration of a US president.

The former chief secretary, an outspoken pro-democracy figure, said earlier that she was delighted to be invited and called on the new US administration to support the democracy movement in Hong Kong.

Chan, who was invited by her Republican contacts, also said before the trip that she hoped to meet the president-elect in person.