Former chief secretary Anson Chan said the world should know about what is happening in Hong Kong as she defended her recent trip to North America with fellow democratic leader Martin Lee, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.
Amid scathing remarks from China’s official media, which accused her and Lee of “inviting foreign intervention” for holding talks with top officials during their visit to the United States and Canada early last month, Chan said she wanted to draw the world’s attention to the political reform being pushed in the territory, according to the report.
She said she cannot remain silent while Beijing tries to take away Hong Kong’s core values, adding that the central government has been watching her every move since she announced her plans to join the Legislative Council back in 2007.
On the other hand, Chan said, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying gives people the impression that he is not concerned about Hong Kong matters and appears to be interested only in maintaining a good relationship with the mainland.
“He seldom promotes the city in front of other countries,” Chan was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Economic Times said the North American trip will only raise doubts in Beijing on the true intentions of the pan-democratic group as the 2007 chief executive election approaches.
“The US Congress will take Lee’s suggestion to reactivate the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act, which will raise central government concerns that foreign authorities will use Hong Kong to fight China,” the newspaper said.
The law allows the US to continue to treat Hong Kong separately from China on matters concerning trade export and the economy after the 1997 handover.
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