Democratic Party chief Martin Lee Chu-ming says it will be detrimental to the mainland pro-democracy movement for foreign countries to strike deals with China to secure the freedom of prominent dissidents. Mr Lee said if the West only took up the cases of well-known figures and offered Beijing rewards in the business arena, the policy 'would have a negative impact on the development of democracy'. 'Why are they confining themselves to pressuring for the release of one or two big names?' he asked, noting that foreign pressure often bore positive results. Mr Lee said there were still thousands of lesser-known dissidents serving jail terms on the mainland. The international community should not turn a blind eye to them following Mr Wang's release, he said. 'Clearly a deal was struck to enable the US Government to say their new policy of engagement with the Chinese Government is working. But it only works in a very small way,' said Mr Lee. He criticised mainland authorities for using dissidents as pawns to trade favours from governments. Mr Lee said it was unacceptable for the dissidents to be banned from entering China again, adding that Mr Wang should be allowed into Hong Kong for the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.