Pro-China figures have asked some Democratic Party members if they would be interested in joining the Selection Committee, it emerged yesterday. Democratic legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip said he would follow the party's decision and expected it to conduct further talks on the issue. Party leaders previously said they would not join the body because one of its duties was to form the provisional legislature, which they say is against the law. A Preparatory Committee sub-group opened the door for the Democrats to take part by adopting only general criteria for members, such as support for the Basic Law. Mr Chan said some pro-China politicians had told him they could find someone to nominate him if he wanted a seat. 'They said tension between China and Hong Kong pro-democracy groups could be reduced and the credibility of the Selection Committee could be boosted if Democrats could join,' he said. 'We have discussed the issue. No final decision has been taken. 'We have to wait until the final decision of the Preparatory Committee. 'We'll see whether there are any other obstacles that will bar us from joining it.' Mr Chan said he had no idea if Beijing was behind the move. 'I wouldn't rule out the possibility some pro-China figures are acting on their own with the good intention of trying to mediate between us and China,' he said.