Rival package offered

MEETING Point leaders are considering a visit to Beijing to discuss counter-proposals to the Governor's constitutional reform package with Chinese leaders next month.

The party, one of the territory's leading liberal groups, also plans to call an extraordinary general meeting next month to finalise the group's counter-proposals before China and Britain reach a final pact on the 1994-95 electoral arrangements.

The chairman, Mr Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, yesterday stressed his party's plan to put forward other proposals did not indicate it had back-pedalled from its previous stance of supporting Mr Patten's package.

Mr Cheung said his party hoped to raise another reform option for the Chinese and British governments to consider during the bilateral talks.

He denied his party had withdrawn its support for the Patten package, stressing Mr Patten's blueprint was not the only alternative for more democracy in Hongkong.

Although Meeting Point had expressed a wish to visit Beijing in March, the request was turned down by China. However, shortly after the group was notified of Beijing's decision, Mr Cheung was invited to the Chinese capital and had private discussions on the transition with the director of the State Council's Hongkong and Macau Affairs Office, Mr Lu Ping.

Meeting Point's central standing committee last night held a special meeting to discuss its constitutional reform blueprint.