Central authorities in Beijing are said to be willing to meet moderate democrats in Hong Kong through various channels to solicit their support for the 2017 chief executive election proposals, Ming Pao Daily News reported Tuesday.
Hong Kong’s Chief Secretary Carrie Lam said the administration will facilitate conversations between the democrats and the central government. Lam is set to meet on Tuesday representatives from the democratic camp to hear their demands.
Amid the debate over the political reform process, the central government is keen to meet with representatives from different sectors, through official or private events, Ming Pao cited sources as saying.
Meanwhile, Lam said it takes two parties to bring about successful communications. It will not help if any party has too many presuppositions, she said.
National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee chairman Zhang Dejiang recently met with the pro-establishment camp in Shenzhen to discuss political reform in Hong Kong.
Brian Fong, an assistant professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education’s department of Asian and policy studies, who is advocating a mild 2017 election proposal that has been put forward by a group of 18 scholars, said they are being regularly contacted by people from the pro-establishment camp. Fong said he is not sure whether the contacts came on the instructions of the central government.
Fong criticized the Hong Kong government for not guiding discussions in the society over the past few months. He hopes a report by the NPC in August would leave more space for negotiation and discussion, the report said.
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