Hong Kong Politics

Wang Guangya urges establishment lawmakers to unite, support CY Leung

Wang Guangya, director of Beijing's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office attends a seminar in Shenzhen with pro-establishment lawmakers. Photo: SCMP

Wang Guangya has repeated his call for pro-establishment lawmakers to support the government led by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

Sunday, 31 March, 2013, 6:56am 1 comment

CY Leung urges Hongkongers to unite to solve city's social woes

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hongkongers should unite in "the spirit of one for all, all for one" to solve the social woes facing the city, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said, recalling the selflessness the city displayed during the Sars outbreak in 2003.

31 Mar 2013 - 6:56am 1 comment

Qiao Xiaoyang conjures a democracy of exclusion

Deputy Secretary General of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPCSC), Qiao Xiaoyang. Photo: Robert Ng

Can you have one person, one vote while still backsliding on universal suffrage? The latest pronouncement by Qiao Xiaoyang seems to suggest this. The chairman of the National People's Congress' law committee said any chief executive candidate would need majority support from a nomination committee.

28 Mar 2013 - 3:30am 3 comments

Opponents must seek common ground on Hong Kong's universal suffrage

Qiao Xiaoyang. Photo: Robert Ng

Hong Kong is at last having the discussion that it has long needed. Qiao Xiaoyang, the chairman of the National People's Congress Law Committee, has laid out conditions for the chief executive election in 2017. Pan-democrats have articulated demands. It is early days and the sides are as far apart as could be, but for our city's sake the opposing sides have to find common ground.

27 Mar 2013 - 3:09am 2 comments

NPC may limit Hong Kong's right to elect chief executive

Johnny Mok Shiu-luen SC

A law academic has warned that the National People's Congress Standing Committee might limit Hong Kong's rights to elect its chief executive by universal suffrage despite the assurances contained in the Basic Law, the city's mini-constitution.

26 Mar 2013 - 11:42am 1 comment

Qiao Xiaoyang says Beijing forced into universal suffrage debate

Law Committee chairman Qiao Xiaoyang (left) is greeted by Hong Kong lawmaker Tam Yiu-chung at a seminar in Shenzhen on Sunday. The topic was universal suffrage. Photo: SCMP

It should come as no surprise to Hongkongers to see Qiao Xiaoyang, a top National People's Congress official, setting the tone for the debate on the city's political reform even before the government kick-starts the consultation on how to elect the chief executive by universal suffrage in 2017.

26 Mar 2013 - 5:55am 3 comments

Pan-democrats refuse to back down in quest for reform

Benny Tai at the HKU's department of law. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The pan-democrats have vowed to continue with their plans to engage the public in discussing political reform, despite statements from senior Beijing law official Qiao Xiaoyang over the weekend.

26 Mar 2013 - 4:50am 1 comment

Occupy Central plan gets Hong Kong affairs chief's thumbs down

Wang Guangya (centre), director of Beijing's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office attends a seminar in Shenzhen with pro-establishment lawmakers. Photo: SCMP

Wang Guangya, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, says Hongkongers prefer not to see the city being "messed up" when asked about a law academic's proposal to block roads in Central district.

25 Mar 2013 - 5:30am 2 comments

Pan-democrats fear party screening after Shenzhen meeting

Albert Ho Chun-yan. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Defeated pan-democratic chief-executive candidate Albert Ho Chun-yan, along with the pro-democracy camp, slammed Beijing for "screening out" from ruling the city those whom they consider as "confronting the central government".

25 Mar 2013 - 9:01am 1 comment

Opponents of Beijing ineligible to be CE: top Chinese official

Qiao Xiaoyang, chairman of the Law Committee under the National People's Congress Standing Committee, speaks to reporters at yesterday's NPC seminar in Shenzhen. Qiao insisted Beijing had shown maximum tolerance to the city's dissident parties. Photo: SCMP

A top mainland official yesterday set the tone for the debate over Hong Kong's political reform by declaring that any members from the opposition camp who insist on confronting the central government cannot become the city's chief executive.

25 Mar 2013 - 7:45am 45 comments

Pan-democrats demands for reform must be guided by reason

The first meeting of Pan-democrats new platform on political reform. Photo: David Wong

Upset by the government's reluctance to make an early start on constitutional reform, pan-democrat lawmakers have stepped up the campaign with an alliance pushing for genuine universal suffrage. The next challenge for them is to come up with a clear proposal - one that stands a good chance of winning support in Beijing and Hong Kong.

25 Mar 2013 - 2:37am 2 comments

Alliance a recipe for democratic impasse

Alliance for True Democracy. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The pan-democrats put on a show of unity last week by forming the Alliance for True Democracy to fight for "genuine" universal suffrage. But despite all that hand-holding for the photo op, there is no unity in this camp. Just their sheer number - 12 political groups - gives away the charade.

25 Mar 2013 - 9:01am 7 comments

Overhaul voting for trade-based seats: David Akers-Jones

David Akers-Jones says the electoral system has to change no matter who becomes the Chief Executive in 2017. Photo: Sam Tsang

The electoral franchise for trade-based functional constituencies should be widened in the 2016 Legislative Council election, former chief secretary David Akers-Jones has said. He called for all qualified members of the professions concerned to be allowed to vote.

25 Mar 2013 - 6:55am 4 comments

NPC's law committee chief may clear up chief-executive screening row

Qiao Xiaoyang

Qiao Xiaoyang, the new chairman of the Law Committee under the NPC Standing Committee, is likely to touch on the issue during a Shenzhen seminar today, according to Tam Yiu-chung, chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, without elaborating.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:40am 1 comment

Food chief denies any pressure over milk limit

Dr Ko Wing-man

Secretary for Food and Heath Dr Ko Wing-man has denied coming under political pressure to end the newly imposed restrictions on taking infant milk formula across the border.

24 Mar 2013 - 5:40am 1 comment