Date
22 September 2017
Wang Guangya says Hong Kong should nurture more statesmen that would put its long-term interests above politics. Photo: HKEJ
Wang Guangya says Hong Kong should nurture more statesmen that would put its long-term interests above politics. Photo: HKEJ

Wang to HK democrats: Take normal track for your own sake

Hong Kong pan-democrats have been warned to return to the “normal track” if they want to have a political future, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Tuesday.

Wang Guangya, chief of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, told leaders of Hong Kong’s New People’s Party Monday that he had made the warning privately during a meeting with pan-democrats.

However, Albert Ho of the Democratic Party and Ronny Tong of the Civic Party denied any knowledge of the meeting and said the current situation made any discussion with Beijing officials pointless.

New People’s Party chairwoman Regina Ip quoted Wang as saying that normal track means any discussion about Hong Kong political reform must be based on the Basic Law and that it is meaningless to be in the opposition camp against Beijing for such a long time.

Wang denied saying all pan-democrats are unpatriotic and urged pro-Beijing legislators to win their democratic colleagues over to Beijing’s side, Ip said.

Party vice chairman Michael Tien said Wang thinks highly of Hong Kong public opinion and encourages more discussion on political reform.

However, Wang also wants Hong Kong to nurture more statesmen that would put Hong Kong’s long-term interests above politics, Tien said.

Ip said she is more convinced neither Occupy Central nor student protesters will make Beijing change its mind about the framework for Hong Kong’s 2017 chief executive election.

She said Occupy Central would only hurt Hong Kong’s international image with its planned civil disobedience campaign.

Ip said her party will work to win support from Hong Kong people for the election reform proposal which is due for a second round of consultation.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam expects the consultation to begin next month and come up with a proposal to the Legislative Council in the first quarter next year, Sing Tao Daily reported.

She called on pan-democrats to leave the door open for negotiation.

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