Hong Kong’s chief executive Leung Chun-ying plans to arrange a visit to Guangdong province for all the city’s legislators when the Legislative Council reconvenes, RTHK reported Friday.
The government always pays special attention to communication between local lawmakers and mainland officials, the chief executive’s office said, adding that Leung has repeatedly expressed his desire to build bridges and arrange regular cross-border visits, according to the report.
Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPCSC), meanwhile urged Hong Kong people to take a key step in realizing universal suffrage in 2017 after engaging in “rational discussions”.
During a one-and-a-half hour meeting in Beijing with delegates from the New People’s Party, Zhang said Hong Kong now faces the task of advancing democratic development in a gradual manner in accordance with the Basic Law and relevant decisions by the NPCSC.
Zhang said the goal of both democratic and economic development is to improve local residents’ livelihood.
Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, chairwoman of the New People’s Party, quoted Zhang as saying that Occupy Central is illegal, and that the NPCSC has already made up its mind on the way forward for Hong Kong.
“Protests won’t prompt Beijing to change its mind,” Ip said.
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