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Democracy in Hong Kong

The fight for universal suffrage in 2017

Earlier this month, the founding chairman of the Democratic Party, Martin Lee Chu-ming, stunned the community by proposing a mechanism for screening candidates of the chief executive election in 2017. He suggested at least five candidates be allowed to stand in the election which will be by universal suffrage, hoping this would ensure a member from the pro-democracy camp can compete.

Wednesday, 24 April, 2013, 3:14am 2 comments

Pan-democrats must learn from Lee's misguided 2017 proposal

Martin Lee Chu-ming, the much-revered "father of democracy" in Hong Kong, was wrong in thinking his words could always command respect. Last week, he claimed that he had lowered his guard due to "psychological fatigue" and missing an afternoon nap, and ended up compromising his vision for universal suffrage for the chief executive election.

19 Apr 2013 - 2:48am 3 comments

Basic Law key to 2017 election

I have been thinking for some time about how the Hong Kong chief executive should be elected by universal suffrage in 2017.

After many years under the Basic Law and "one country, two systems", it is about time Hong Kong was able to elect its chief executive by direct election.

18 Apr 2013 - 3:18am 1 comment

'Occupy Central' threat is no way to begin talks on 2017 reform

Despite Beijing's commitment to universal suffrage for the chief executive election in 2017, pan-democrats have threatened a campaign to "occupy Central", with plans to block traffic in the district next year.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:25am 9 comments

Focus on the 2017 nomination committee, academic Benny Tai says

The academic behind a plan to block traffic in Central in the fight for democracy is seeking to move the debate on universal suffrage beyond the issue of screening candidates.

14 Apr 2013 - 6:02am 14 comments

Hong Kong must stick with the Basic Law

Almost 30 years after the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration on the future of Hong Kong, and more than 15 years after the implementation of the Basic Law, Hong Kong's development appears to have reached a crossroads. As 2017, the promised date for electing Hong Kong's chief executive by universal suffrage, draws near, calls to "occupy Central" as a means of putting pressure on Beijing to embrace a democratic selection method threaten to derail the implementation of the Basic Law.

14 Apr 2013 - 2:15am 24 comments

Martin Lee falls foul of the pan-democrat ideologues

So, it has come down to this. Even the godfather of Hong Kong's democracy movement has to bow to the most ideologically rigid, uncompromising and extreme of the pan-democrats.

12 Apr 2013 - 3:12am 10 comments

Time to listen to voices of reason in chief executive election

Voices of reason are necessary. Such people may not see eye-to-eye politically, but they can guide the discussion. That is what democracy advocate and former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang, Beijing loyalist and one-time justice secretary Elsie Leung Oi-sie and Democratic Party founder Martin Lee Chu-ming have attempted in recent days. They have presented views and arguments that, although personal, lay a foundation for a more constructive discussion.

11 Apr 2013 - 3:03am 1 comment

Old master Thatcher's lesson in realism on handover

The two British architects of Hong Kong's return to China are now dead. First it was Percy Cradock. Now, it's his boss Margaret Thatcher. Yet, the logic of their arguments for preserving Hong Kong's way of life by not confronting but by negotiating with Beijing and securing guarantees from it is still with us. It still very much underlies the thinking of the more intelligent and principled people from the pro-Beijing camp in Hong Kong.

11 Apr 2013 - 3:03am 5 comments

Qiao Xiaoyang's topsy-turvy understanding of democracy

Many people will agree with Qiao Xiaoyang, chairman of the Law Committee of the National People's Congress, when he says Hong Kong's chief executive must be someone who "loves the country and loves Hong Kong", and not be confrontational towards Beijing. But the means he proposes for ensuring that only such people will be elected are profoundly undemocratic.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:20am 2 comments