Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying discussed Hong Kong’s political reform and economic issues with two top mainland officials in Beijing – and did not mention the ongoing row over the granting of new TV licences.
Leung met Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the National People’s Congress standing committee, and Wang Guangya, director of the Hong Kong and Macau affairs office in the capital on Wednesday.
He said he did not discuss the free-to-air TV licence controversy with either of the two officials.
“TV licensing is entirely within the scope of the Hong Kong government’s autonomy. It was not discussed at either of the meetings,” Leung said after the meetings.
Instead, he said he had updated Zhang, who is responsible for overseeing Hong Kong’s constitutional development, on his government’s latest work on political reform.
Leung also told Zhang that he hoped to see more mainland support for Hong Kong’s financial industry, he said.
At the meeting with Wang, Leung said he discussed cross-border co-operation in the financial industry.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets on Sunday to protest against the government’s rejection of Hong Kong Television Network’s free-to-air TV licence bid.
The failed applicant is also planning to challenge the government’s rejection of its licence application while some of the company’s staff members have remained camped outside central government headquarters in Admiralty for three days.
The company and its supporters are demanding the government give a clear account of why HKTV lost out.