Date
24 August 2017
Zhang Xiaoming, the head of Beijing's Liaison Office, is said to be happy to meet with the pan-democrats to discuss political reform. Photo: HKEJ
Zhang Xiaoming, the head of Beijing's Liaison Office, is said to be happy to meet with the pan-democrats to discuss political reform. Photo: HKEJ

Pan-democrats to meet with Liaison Office head

Pan-democrats will hold four meetings on political reform with Zhang Xiaoming, the head of Beijing’s Liaison Office, starting this Friday, RTHK reported on Tuesday.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam will host the talks, which will be held at the government headquarters in Tamar on August 15-20. The meetings will be attended by two other officials of the Task Force on Constitutional Development and other officials of the Liaison Office, the report said.

Zhang will first meet with the Democratic Party this Friday. Then he will hold separate meetings with legislators from the Civic Party, Labour Party and Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood, as well as other independent pan-democratic lawmakers.

The meetings were requested by the pan-democrats, and Zhang was said to be “happy” to meet with them, the report said.

“We hope the voice of Hong Kong can be heard in Beijing as the report submitted by the Hong Kong government has not accurately reflected the public opinion,” said Emily Lau Wai-hing, chairwoman of the Democratic Party.

The Civic Party’s Alan Leong Kah-kit confirmed he has been invited to meet with Zhang, but the date has yet to be confirmed.

Leong said he hopes to use the opportunity to persuade Beijing to “keep some room” for electoral reform without “shutting all the doors and windows”.

“We want to let them know if they insist that any candidate has to obtain over half of the votes from the nomination committee, that could be a disaster,” he added.

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