In June 2015, Hong Kong lawmakers voted on a political reform proposal for how to elect the city's leader by universal suffrage in 2017. Based on a framework approved by Beijing, the plan limited the number of candidates to two or three, with victory going to a person who could win majority support from a 1,200-strong nominating committee. Arguing the arrangement would not offer genuine universal suffrage, pan-democratic lawmakers opposed the plan, which failed as pro-establishment lawmakers did not produce enough votes to secure its passage.
Critics have raised questions about the impact of the national security law on the city’s legal system, including potential ramifications for the business environment. Officials should continue to provide reassurance by explaining the way the law works, the procedures that are followed and the role of the judiciary.
Bodies constituted under ‘patriot only’ governance model must show they can better manage municipal affairs and reflect different views of society in the city.
The core values including a high degree of autonomy, an independent judiciary and the protection of rights should not be forgotten
Shows, discounts and freebies for first such event since city emerged from pandemic should raise cheer and hopes for the future.
No 2 official Eric Chan and deputy Warner Cheuk call on government workers to cast ballots in first district council race held under Beijing’s electoral overhaul.
Government says it will turn two schools near Sheung Shui MTR station into polling sites for December 10 vote.
Gary Chan becomes chairman of Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, replacing Starry Lee, who said she would stand down last month.
Political parties signal intent to field candidates in December’s district council election, but say larger constituencies will put pressure on finances.
Proportion of directly elected district councillors to be reduced from almost 95 per cent to 19 per cent.
With only 88 elected councillors from 44 constituencies, ‘campaigning and representation will be affected’.
Beijing’s top official for Hong Kong affairs urges residents to enjoy ‘horse racing, dancing, speculating on stocks and making big money’.
HKMAO chief Xia Baolong urges residents to ‘fight for economy’, pursue growth of innovation and technology.
Xia Baolong, director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, lays down explicit criteria for this year’s poll for municipal bodies that were once opposition bastion.
‘Investigations and studies’ on Hong Kong and Macau affairs ‘should be greatly enhanced’, Xia Baolong says.
Readers discuss the need for Hong Kong to set up a credible democratic institution, and the reintegration of those convicted on protest-related offences into society.
Readers discuss the UK’s branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association withdrawing an invite to Hong Kong legislators, and the US extending ‘safe haven’ status to Hongkongers.
AmCham chairman Joseph Armas says seminars will be the first in-person event series held by influential business chamber since Covid-19 pandemic hit.
With less than a month until the China-EU summit, Wang Yi says the two parties have broad common interests.