Date
25 September 2017
Former Xinhua director Xu Jiatun warns that Occupy Central risks harm to Hong Kong. Photo: RTHK
Former Xinhua director Xu Jiatun warns that Occupy Central risks harm to Hong Kong. Photo: RTHK

Occupy Central puts HK in harm’s way, exiled Xinhua chief says

The exiled former Hong Kong head of Xinhua News Agency said the Occupy Central movement will “destroy” the city and intellectuals should abide by the law, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

Xu Jiatun, Xinhua’s director in Hong Kong from 1983 to 1989, said Hong Kong should put its time and talent into developing ways to improve the city’s competitiveness rather than discussing democracy, which will yield no result.

Xu, 99, was vice chairman of the Hong Kong Basic Law Drafting Committee but went into exile in the United States after the crackdown on the June 4 protests in Tiananmen Square.

Occupy Central founder Benny Tai said Xu does not understand the meaning of civil disobedience and had become fearful since fleeing to the US.

Xu refused to comment on the State Council’s white paper last week on the implementation of the “one country, two systems” policy.

But Bao Tong, a former top aide to late ousted premier Zhao Ziyang, said that with the exception of diplomatic or defense posts, Hong Kong should be able to appoint all of its officials under the policy. Bao said the white paper is rubbish and should not be taken seriously.

The Hong Kong government responded saying there are gaps in Bao’s understanding of the Basic Law and the Sino-British Joint Declaration. The statement said Hong Kong has enjoyed a higher degree of autonomy than other provinces and cities.

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