Qiao Xiaoyang

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: David Wong

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

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.