Including China in the ban on political groups forging ties with overseas counterparts would have been unreasonable, said Michael Suen. Some people said the law should prohibit local political groups from forging links or taking money from political groups outside the territory. Among the proponents were Federation of Trade Unions chief Cheng Yiu-tong, who said it would be fairer if the ban also covered the mainland. However, Mr Suen said it would be difficult to include mainland groups because Hong Kong would be part of China. He said local political groups would be allowed to nominate candidates for seats in China's political bodies, including the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. 'There will be natural links. There is no need to include the mainland in the definition of foreign political groups.' It had been proposed that the ban would include Taiwan, sparking criticism that the future government considered Taipei 'foreign'. Under the bill, prohibition on financial contributions from political organisations in Taiwan will be provided for separately. The foreign funds ban is now restricted to 'direct or indirect financial contributions from foreign political organisations', with references to 'aliens' and 'foreign organisations' deleted. A source in the Chief Executive-designate's Office said the Taiwan ban was needed because some people in Taiwan had said they did not want the 'one country, two systems' plan to succeed.