18 February 2019

No consensus on 2017 chief executive election, paper says

A group of Hong Kong pan-democrats ended a meeting with mainland officials without consensus on the 2017 chief executive election, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

However, the two sides considered the meeting an important step in opening communication on the issue, legislator Wong Pik-wan was quoted as saying. She said the discussions took place in a friendly atmosphere.

Wong was one of 10 pan-democrats who met with top mainland officials in Shanghai on Sunday, including Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office Director Wang Guangying and Li Fei, chairman of the Hong Kong Basic Law Committee.

Zhang Xiaomin, director of the central government’s liaison office, said he is willing to have one-on-one meetings with Hong Kong legislators and “hopefully not be rejected again”, after he was accused of calling pan-democrats unpatriotic, the report said.

Li said public nomination of candidates for the chief executive election is inconsistent with Hong Kong’s Basic Law. The nominating committee system is the only mechanism for selecting the candidates under the mini constitution, he was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Wang denied any plans by the central government to back Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying for a second term, the report said.

– Contact HKEJ at [email protected]



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