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China denounces Hong Kong legislator resignations [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2010-1-15 23:14:37 |Display all floors
( A P )  HONG KONG - China on Friday denounced a move by Hong Kong's opposition legislators to pressure Beijing for full democracy by resigning their seats, calling it a challenge to its authority over the former British colony.

While Hong Kong enjoys Western-style civil liberties such as freedom of speech as part of its semi-autonomous status under Chinese rule, its leader is chosen by a committee stacked with Beijing's allies. Its 60-member legislature is half elected, half chosen by interest groups.

The Chinese government ruled in 2007 that Hong Kong can''t elect its own leader until 2017 and the entire legislature until 2020. Democracy activists say this wealthy financial hub of 7 million is ready for full democracy now.

Two Hong Kong opposition political parties announced recently five of their legislators-one from each of Hong Kong's five major electoral districts-will resign on Jan. 27. The parties will then field candidates in the subsequent special elections, the idea being the territory-wide by-elections will serve as a de facto referendum on democracy.

The Chinese government said in a statement Friday that Hong Kong doesn't have a referendum law, and as part of China, Hong Kong doesn't have the authority to launch a referendum without Beijing's approval.

"When some people promote the so-called "five-district referendum movement," challenging the Hong Kong constitution and the decision on democratic reform by the standing committee of the National People's Congress, it will only cause dispute," the Chinese government's Hong Kong and Macau affairs office said in statement carried by the official Xinhua News Agency.

"We express our serious concern," the statement said.

Organizers of the resignation plan responded by saying China forced their hand by delaying full democracy in Hong Kong.

"The reason we launched the five-district referendum is the central government has stalled the pace of democratization in Hong Kong," said Andrew To, vice chairman of the League of Social Democrats.

Civic Party chairwoman, legislator Audrey Eu, said the two parties are acting legally because there are no laws banning their lawmakers from resigning at the same time.

"Our five-district referendum movement is constitutional, legal and reasonable," Eu said.


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Post time 2010-1-16 00:13:44 |Display all floors

No By-Elections For Them

If it is possible according to the law, let there be no by-elections for lawmakers who resigned without good reasons.  Also, tighten the laws to ban such lawmakers from taking part in future elections.

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Post time 2010-1-16 08:35:04 |Display all floors


If they want to interfere in China's politics, then China should interfere more intrusively on theirs.

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Post time 2010-1-16 09:51:30 |Display all floors

<smile> Ah yes, the military solution...

... as with a generation before?  Now that would put a dent into trying to turn Hong Kong into New York of the East - with storage of gold from the regional governments - and really drive a nice, cold icepick that are the thawing relations between the "rogue province" and Beijing.  No, it appears that the iron fist is going to rest in the velvet glove for now.  An appearance of P.R. Chinese police tactics, along with lovely ideas like "black jails", however - would not be surprising.
China's Eccentric 'Uncle Laowai' from Chicago, IL

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Post time 2010-1-16 09:54:49 |Display all floors
Yes Krentz and Honecker were also discussing a military solution, later baptized as a possible "Chinese solution" according to the happenings in that very year.

Since that very year we have seen an immense growth in GNP but everything else froze in time.

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Post time 2010-1-16 10:48:43 |Display all floors
Originally posted by Kbay at 2010-1-16 03:19
Now if this bunch of nitwit legislators want to tear up the Basic Law, then they are breaking the Hong Kong law....

How are they breaking the "basic law" by resigning, Kboy ?

Why don't you piss the fukk off to the mainland, and let some worthy mainland Chinese democrat take your place in HK ?
"他不是救星, 他是一个非常淘气男孩" - Monty Python

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Post time 2010-1-16 10:55:06 |Display all floors
I thought it was Jiang Zemin who signed the treaty with Thatcher. I could be wrong but a whole ton of pictures can't be.

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