China will neither withdraw its decision on Hong Kong’s political reform nor sack Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to appease pro-democracy protesters, am730 reported Friday, citing former Chief Secretary Henry Tang.
Tang said sacking Leung would set a bad precedent but added the government could tap a neutral person to broker a compromise.
In a phone interview from Europe, Tang urged calm and restraint on both sides.
He said the government should open up more areas to protesters who should also agree to leave the streets to allow traffic to return to normal.
Otherwise, the government might set a Sunday night deadline to disperse the protest, he said.
Tang criticized Occupy Central for orchestrating the civil disobedience campaign and for saying it is now out of its hands.
Meanwhile, Legislative Council President Jasper Tsang met with Democratic Party founder Martin Lee and publisher Jimmy Lai on Wednesday to try to find a solution to the standoff.
No agreement was reached, the report said.
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