The Hong Kong Federation of Students has decided to send representatives to Beijing during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the hope of conveying its demands for genuine universal suffrage directly to top officials. It plans to seek help from local deputies to the national legislature and the top national advisory body to arrange a meeting in the capital. Federation activist Tommy Cheung Sau-yin said they had yet to decide who would go to Beijing or when they would go. Fellow student leader Nathan Law Kwun-chung said they understood some people objected to the idea, but asked for their support and understanding. "The trip is neither a show nor a reckless decision," Law said. They had consulted experts who were familiar with mainland affairs. "It is hard to have a breakthrough under the current framework. This is why we have come up with the idea of a Beijing trip," he said. Earlier, Alex Chow Yong-kang, secretary general of the federation, said they would write to local deputies to the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference today, asking if they could line up a meeting. Meanwhile, activists from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are planning a joint protest against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's presence at the summit. Zhang Likun, a member of the China Federation for Defending the Diaoyu Islands, said the idea was to protest outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing. Zhang said: "We are going to protest against three things. First, Japan's attitude towards its war history. Second, Japanese denial of its wartime history, and Abe's visit to the Yasukuni Shrine." Abe caused outrage last year when he visited the shrine, which honours 2.5 million war dead, including war criminals. In Hong Kong, activist Tsang Kin-shing, a member of the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands, confirmed the group would join the action. The Chinese Association for Claiming Compensation from Japan, which has been involved in numerous lawsuits on behalf of wartime labourers, wrote to the Japanese ambassador last week calling on Abe to show "sincerity … to earn forgiveness from the Chinese people".