Date
20 August 2017
James Tien (2nd from right) has drawn the ire of Beijing following his recent comments on Hong Kong's leader CY Leung amid the pro-democracy protests in the city. Photo: HKEJ
James Tien (2nd from right) has drawn the ire of Beijing following his recent comments on Hong Kong's leader CY Leung amid the pro-democracy protests in the city. Photo: HKEJ

James Tien faces expulsion from CPPCC

Liberal Party leader James Tien Pei-Chun is likely to be ousted from the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a top advisory panel to the Chinese government, following his recent comments that Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying should consider stepping down.

The expulsion could come when the CPPCC’s standing committee meets Wednesday, according to the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

It quoted political observers as saying that Beijing may revoke the CPPCC membership of Tien to send a message to anti-Leung voices in Hong Kong.

Tien’s stance ‘violates’ a CPPCC motion that was passed in March to call for rule by law in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Chan Wing-kee, a standing committee member of the top advisory body, was quoted as saying.

The committee discussed Tuesday the issue of Tien’s CPPCC membership, Chan said.

Legislative Council chairman Jasper Tsang Yok-sing said Beijing will make sure that no one has any doubts about its support to Leung.

“Leung should consider whether or not to seek permission from Beijing for a resignation,” Tien said last Friday as he pointed to a governance crisis amid the Occupy movement and non-cooperation by the pan-democrats.

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