US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, an outspoken critic of Beijing, skirted the issue of human rights during a visit to Hong Kong yesterday. Mrs Pelosi visited the Legislative Council building at about 4pm and spent two hours in separate meetings with Legco president Tsang Yok-sing and some lawmakers. Speaking after a one-hour meeting with Mrs Pelosi, Emily Lau Wai-hing, deputy chairwoman of the Democratic Party, said she had raised the issue of human rights but received only a short reply. 'I told her that Hong Kong people were impressed by what she did shortly after the Beijing massacre. We expect her to speak about democracy and human rights but not only economic advancements,' Ms Lau said. In 1991, Mrs Pelosi unfurled a banner in Tiananmen Square to honour 'those who died for democracy in China'. Last year, after rioting in Tibet and the subsequent crackdown, she met the Dalai Lama and called on the world to pressure Beijing. Mrs Pelosi told Ms Lau that she did address the issue during her five-day trip to the mainland. During a visit to Tsinghua University in Beijing on Thursday, Mrs Pelosi linked the environment to human rights. 'I do see this opportunity for climate change to be ... a game-changer. Looking out for the needs of the poor in terms of climate change and healthy environment - are a human right,' she said. Mr Tsang said Mrs Pelosi discussed the government's decision to delay public consultation on electoral reforms for 2012. He said Mrs Pelosi had told him she was glad to learn the consultation would be carried out this year. Lawmakers said the talks with Mrs Pelosi focused on climate change with limited discussion of political reform and human rights. There had been expectations that Mrs Pelosi might use the trip to draw attention to China's human rights record ahead of the 20th anniversary of the crackdown in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. But Mrs Pelosi's agenda focused more on issues such as climate change and energy security, with questions about human rights apparently pushed aside.