CHINA has backed a newly-formed women's group composed of pro-Beijing politicians and legislators. Although the group, the Hongkong Federation of Women, claims it is not a political party, its aims include upholding the Joint Declaration and Basic Law, and supporting a smooth transition, as well as the stability and prosperity of the territory. Director of the women's department of the local branch of the New China News Agency (NCNA), Ms Lu Xiao, said they supported the launch of the group. ''Its principle is good. We support any women's group which aims to protect the smooth transition of Hongkong,'' she said. Executive member Chan Yuen-han confirmed they had notified the NCNA before forming the group. The group's chairman, legislator Mrs Peggy Lam Pei Yu-dja, welcomed Beijing's backing. ''I am pleased with any support for our group. However, we are a women's group, not a political party,'' she said. She also insisted the group would not field its own candidates in the 1995 elections. ''However, we have not yet considered whether we would support any individual member who runs for election,'' she added. Both Mrs Lam and Ms Chan - who contested the 1991 direct elections - are widely expected to stand in the 1995 polls. Mrs Lam said the group would speak out on political issues. ''We will express our viewpoint on issues of concern to women, including those related to the transition.'' The group, which will be officially launched in October, has already recruited more than 100 individual members and nine district women's groups. Its executive committee includes local National People's Congress delegates Elsie Leung Oi-sze and Lisa Wang Ming-chuen, Ms Chan, a Hongkong affairs adviser, and two members of the preliminary working committee for the Special Administrative Region, RitaFan Hsu Lai-tai and Nellie Fong Wong Kut-man.