Date
22 September 2017
Dennis Kwok (inset) is the only lawmaker from the pan-democratic camp to receive an invite from Beijing's Laision Office for a Lunar New Year reception. Photo: HKEJ
Dennis Kwok (inset) is the only lawmaker from the pan-democratic camp to receive an invite from Beijing's Laision Office for a Lunar New Year reception. Photo: HKEJ

Laision Office accused of divisive tactic over CNY event

Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong appears to have invited only lawmaker from the pan-democratic camp for a Lunar New Year cocktail reception scheduled next week, unlike last year when all the 27 legislators from the group were invited to a similar event.

Dennis Kwok, a Civic Party legislator representing the legal sector, is the only one who has received an invite from among the pan-democratic camp for the February 4 event to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year, Ming Pao Daily reported Thursday.

Chan Ka-lok, another legislator from Civic Party, wondered if the Liaison Office was trying to divide members of the camp.

Zhang Xiaoming, who became head of the office in December 2012, had said that he intended to make as many friends as possible.

Frederick Fung, lawmaker of the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood, said all of the 27 members should have been invited for the reception.

Kwok said his office received an invitation last week and that he has decided to attend the event following discussions with his party.

While he does not want to speculate as to why only he was invited from among the pan-democratic camp, Kwok said he will use the opportunity to express the view of the camp members on political reform. 

In other comments, he said that he is writing a letter to Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, to express strong opposition to a proposal to append a state security provision to the Basic Law.

Kwok said he will hand over the letter to staff at the reception so that it can be passed on to Zhang.

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