Date
13 December 2017
Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao (inset) says Occupy Central should not be determining Hong Kong’s election methods. Photo: Bloomberg, Xinhua
Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao (inset) says Occupy Central should not be determining Hong Kong’s election methods. Photo: Bloomberg, Xinhua

Occupy Central is street politics, says Chinese vice president

The Occupy Central movement is “street politics” and it should not be determining Hong Kong’s election methods, Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao said.

He said that the National People’s Congress has upheld the principle of “one country, two systems” and answered the call for universal suffrage by Hong Kong people, Ming Pao Daily News reported Thursday, citing Irons Sze Wing-wai, the president of the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong (CMA).

Li met a CMA delegation in Beijing on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Liaison Office director Zhang Xiaoming said at a National Day cocktail reception that the political reform framework put forward by the NPC is relatively tight but sensible and reasonable.

Commenting on criticism on the lack of widespread representation of the 1,200-member nominating committee for the chief executive election, Zhang said the committee is an epitome of Hong Kong society and challenged critics to compile a list of 1,200 people with more weight and influence.

The NPC’s decision to allow two to three chief executive candidates is a move that offers both choice and drama in the form of rallies by the candidates, he said.

The NPC election framework is the best possible solution for Hong Kong, Zhang said, and people should not see it like a girl worrying about getting married.

Urging Hong Kong people to accept the NPC ruling, Zhang used a local expression that literally means people should embrace an offer if it is a good one instead of asking for more.

He also described the political reform as a “beautiful lady little known to the outside world”.

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