Date
11 December 2017
Hong Kong Federation of Students aims to send representatives to Beijing to discuss directly with mainland officials issues related to Hong Kong political reforms. Photo: CNSA
Hong Kong Federation of Students aims to send representatives to Beijing to discuss directly with mainland officials issues related to Hong Kong political reforms. Photo: CNSA

HK student representatives plan to visit Beijing Friday

The Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) said it will send representatives to Beijing this Friday, hoping to meet with central government officials and seek their response to the student body’s call to withdraw the decision on the Hong Kong electoral framework, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.

The trip’s timing coincides with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit that is being held in China’s capital city.

The HKFS said if the student representatives are denied access to Beijing, it would mean that the central government is treating the people of Hong Kong as enemy.

A preliminary list of five representatives has been mapped out, but the names will be disclosed only after the list has been finalized.

The report cited sources from within the HKFS as saying that representatives would like to meet Premier Li Keqiang or senior NPC officials, but it remains uncertain if Beijing will be open to such interaction.

The HKFS said it is possible that the representatives will be sent back to Hong Kong on the same plane when they arrive in Beijing.

As the HKFS pointed out in a meeting with Hong Kong government officials last month, the Chinese Constitution allows withdrawal of decisions made by the NPC, the student body said.

Last month, the HKFS also reminded in an open letter to President Xi Jinping that the latter had earlier promised to “listen to people’s requests anytime”. The Hong Kong government is to blame for distorting public opinions, it added.

Legislative Council chairman Jasper Tsang said the HKFS’ attempt to meet mainland leaders is unlikely to succeed. Unless some people help arrange things, the trip could be a waste of time, he said.

In 1999, three representatives from HKFS successfully reached Beijing to voice their opposition on the interpretation of law by the NPC. In June 2012, student representatives went to Hunan to protest the death of dissident rights activist Li Wangyang, but were sent back to Hong Kong.

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