Former chief secretary Anson Chan and Democratic Party founder Martin Lee will fly to Britain Saturday to convey the Hong Kong public’s desire for genuine universal suffrage, after a similar trip to the United States and Canada in April, am730 reported Friday.
Chan’s group will make the weeklong trip at the invitation of Chatham House. The itinerary has not been confirmed but the group is expected to meet people from a cross-section of interests.
Chan will also be accompanied by Elizabeth Bosher, a member of the Hong Kong 2020 political group that Chan heads.
Chan is reportedly keen to visit Britain to ensure that the country upholds its responsibilities as a signatory to the Sino-British Joint Declaration.
The former chief secretary said recent events, including the Hong Kong public’s response to the State Council’s white paper on “one country, two systems” and the July 1 march, are testament to the city’s desire for a genuine election of the chief executive.
Chan and Lee met US Vice President Joe Biden in April, prompting mainland official media to accuse the pair of disparaging Hong Kong.
Chan said Hong Kong’s core values such as “one country, two systems”, judicial independence and the rule of law are central to decisions foreign investors make about whether to invest in the city, the report said.
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