A city in decline can't bargain, says island legislator Hong Kong should concentrate on economic development rather than the fight for democracy because a city in decline cannot bargain with Beijing, outspoken Taiwanese author-turned-legislator Li Ao said. Mr Li also said Hong Kong's pro-democracy camp was right to accept the central government's goodwill gesture of an invitation for a trip to the Pearl River Delta. Speaking in Hong Kong - his final stop of a tour that also included Beijing and Shanghai - Mr Li said he liked Hong Kong because its people were more dynamic than in Taiwan. 'But after 1997, Hong Kong's dynamics started to weaken because a small group of people were fighting for political rights. 'When Hong Kong is strong and has a momentous position in China, it can be a leader and democracy will come automatically without the need to fight for it. 'People in Hong Kong should be wise and take political steps slowly, because only like this can they be clever Hong Kong people,' he said. 'When Hong Kong is stronger than Shanghai, Guangzhou and Tianjin , then it can get anything it wants. But if it continues its decline, then I fear Hong Kong will lose even what it has now.' Mr Li, who last week said the Communist Party would disappear sooner or later, praised it for actions such as inviting Hong Kong legislators to visit the Pearl River Delta region. 'Knowing full well that one-third of legislators are democrats who oppose it, want to topple it, abuse it and want to f*** it up, the Communist Party still accepts them and invites them ... the Communist Party can also do good. 'Hong Kong should not fight against Beijing like Taiwan, because it is too strong.' Mr Li said that compared with Taiwan, Hong Kong had more democracy because it has the rule of law. 'Don't assume that people have freedom in Taiwan. In fact, chaos is everywhere.'