Date
18 November 2017
Pan-democratic leaders Anson Chan and Martin Lee with Minister Hugo Swire (center) of the British Foreign Office. Photo: Hong Kong 2020
Pan-democratic leaders Anson Chan and Martin Lee with Minister Hugo Swire (center) of the British Foreign Office. Photo: Hong Kong 2020

Chan, Lee meet British official on HK political issues

Pan-democratic leaders Anson Chan and Martin Lee met with a senior official of the British Foreign Office in London on Monday, apprising him of the latest political developments in Hong Kong.

In their meeting with Minister of State Hugo Swire of Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Chan and Lee also expressed disappointment that the Hong Kong people’s concerns over these developments had not been adequately reflected in the British government’s latest Six-Monthly Report to Parliament on Hong Kong, according to a statement released by Hong Kong 2020, a pan-democratic group led by Chan.

The two urged that British government officials speak out more forcefully, to ensure that genuine universal suffrage is achieved for the 2017 chief executive election and the rights and freedoms guaranteed to Hong Kong people under the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law are preserved, the statement said.

Chan, a former chief secretary, and Lee, founder of the Democratic Party, told Swire of the huge turnout for the Occupy Central’s unofficial referendum on universal suffrage and the annual pro-democracy march on July 1, two events that mirrored the people’s concerns over Beijing’s recent pronouncements on Hong Kong.

They were referring to the white paper recently issued by the State Council on the “one country, two systems” principle, which calls into question the city’s high degree of autonomy under the Basic law and threatens the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law, it said.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam will unveil the report on the results of the first stage of public consultation on political reform before the Legislative Council this afternoon, which later will be delivered to the National People’s Congress by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

Pan-democratic activitists said the Occupy Central civil disobedience campaign would be inevitable if Beijing rejected the public nomination proposal, Apple Daily reported on Tuesday.

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