Qiao Xiaoyang

Leung Chun-ying says Beijing's consent to start reform talks not needed

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: David Wong

Amid heated debate over remarks by National People's Congress Law Committee chairman Qiao Xiaoyang on criteria for chief executive candidates in 2017, political analysts have speculated that the government is reluctant to consult the people because Beijing had yet to give it instructions on the matter.

Saturday, 4 May, 2013, 5:40am

Democratic candidates must have a place in 2017 contest

Martin Lee Chu-ming

Senior Chinese legislator Qiao Xiaoyang dropped a bomb last month when he presented his views on how the 2017 chief executive election should be held.

7 May 2015 - 3:30pm 4 comments

The fight for universal suffrage in 2017

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.

24 Apr 2013 - 3:14am 2 comments

Screening is not the way to 'love China, love Hong Kong'

Qiao Xiaoyang.

Hong Kong appears on the verge of a constitutional crisis, launched when chairman of the National People's Congress Law Committee Qiao Xiaoyang proclaimed that candidates for chief executive in the promised universal suffrage must "love the country, love Hong Kong" and must not "confront the central government". He suggested screening candidates.

16 Apr 2013 - 4:38am 1 comment

Reform comments are not new, says CY Leung

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Sam Tsang

Recent comments by NPC official Qiao Xiaoyang about electoral reform were merely a reiteration of long-standing principles and general requirements, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said yesterday.

13 Apr 2013 - 5:45am 3 comments

Patriotism seems straightforward, but not in debate on Hong Kong's future

Illustration: Adolfo Arranz

The meaning of the word patriotism seems straightforward, but not so in the debate on Hong Kong' s future, where it has a long history of flux.

12 Apr 2013 - 4:52am 1 comment

What's wrong with requiring the Hong Kong chief executive to be patriotic?

Qiao Xiaoyang. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Although the central government and Hong Kong citizens have reached a mutual consensus that there will be universal suffrage, how the chief executive election in 2017 should be conducted has aroused considerable controversy in our community.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:20am 4 comments

Qiao Xiaoyang's topsy-turvy understanding of democracy

Qiao Xiaoyang.

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

Qiao Xiaoyang, the politician who won his critics' respect

Qiao Xiaoyang, the politician who won his critics' respect

Qiao, 67, recently took centre stage when he discussed the city's electoral reform, which will decide the rules of the 2016 Legislative Council and 2017 chief executive elections.

8 Apr 2013 - 5:21am 2 comments

State media's long journey to a clear-eyed look at Hong Kong

Qiao Xiaoyang. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Whether someone who is regarded as "confronting" Beijing could be Hong Kong's future chief executive has been the subject of much debate recently. But it still came as a surprise to many that the overseas edition of the People's Daily ran a piece quoting criticism by pan-democrats of Beijing's latest stand.

8 Apr 2013 - 5:21am

City's politicians play tough game of 'pass the message'

Politburo Standing Committee member Yu Zhengsheng

As mainland officials rarely comment publicly on the city's issues under the "one country, two systems" principle, the central government's messages to the administration are often delivered behind closed doors. As a result, the media has to rely heavily on the messenger - usually a pro-establishment figure - to shed light on Beijing's views on Hong Kong matters.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am 3 comments

Where to draw line of communication

Wang Guangya revealed that C.Y. Leung called him. Photo: Vincent Yu

The date March 25 may not ring any bells, but it was a special day for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. On that date a year ago, he was elected to the highest job in town. But Leung is less likely to be celebrating than pondering how to handle the increasing number of hot potatoes falling into his lap.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am

Beijing needs to trust Hongkongers to elect the right chief executive

Qiao Xiaoyang (centre) speaks to reporters in Shenzhen. Photo: SCMP

Qiao Xiaoyang, chairman of the Law Committee of the National People's Congress, is quoted as saying that future chief executives elected under universal suffrage must love China, love Hong Kong and not seek to confront the central government.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:39am 2 comments

Beijing warns pan-democrats of 'misjudgment' in using mass protests

Members of the Alliance for True Democracy seek to submit an invitation to a mainland official for a debate. Photo: Edward Wong

Beijing has warned Hong Kong's pan-democrats that using mass protests to confront the central government would be a "misjudgment". The strongly worded remarks came as the United Nations Human Rights Committee's latest report on Hong Kong expressed concern about "the lack of a clear plan to institute universal suffrage and to ensure the right of all persons to vote and to stand for election without unreasonable limitations".

30 Mar 2013 - 9:03am 23 comments

Straw poll shows Hong Kong opposes limited suffrage and Occupy Central

Benny Tai Yiu-ting, associate professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, speaks at an forum on the Occupy Central movement on March 28. Photo: SCMP/Felix Wong

Most people interviewed by the South China Morning Post yesterday disagreed with the central government's views on the conditions for universal suffrage, but most did not support the Occupy Central movement either.

29 Mar 2013 - 3:17pm 4 comments