17 October 2019
Pan-democrat lawmakers are divided on whether they should attend the meeting in Shenzhen. Photo: HKEJ
Pan-democrat lawmakers are divided on whether they should attend the meeting in Shenzhen. Photo: HKEJ

Central govt invites pan-democrats to reform talks in Shenzhen

All Legislative Council members, including the pan-democrats, have been invited to visit Shenzhen this coming Sunday to meet with three central government officials to discuss the political reform proposal, am730 reported Tuesday.

The Beijing delegation will include Wang Guangya, director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office; Li Fei, deputy secretary-general of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) and chairman of the NPCSC Hong Kong Basic Law Committee; and Zhang Xiaoming, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong.

The pan-democratic camp said they will discuss among themselves if they should attend the meeting and, if they decide to do so, who will be their representatives.

The Democratic Party is likely to send two to three representatives while Civic Party chief Alan Leong and Frederick Fung, chairman of the Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood, reportedly plan to attend.

Those who have decided not to attend include Democratic Party’s Emily Lau and Albert Ho, Civic Party’s Kenneth Chan and Claudia Mo, Labour Party’s Lee Cheuk-yan, Albert Chan and Raymond Chan from People’s Power, Gary Fan from the Neo Democrats, and independent lawmaker Raymond Wong.

The official Xinhua news agency said in an article on Monday that Hong Kong legislators should make the right choice in a manner that is responsible and accountable to history.

Former justice secretary Elsie Leung called on the pan-democrats to propose any solution within the NPCSC framework announced on Aug. 31 last year.

But pan-democrat legislator Lee Cheuk-yan said he had no idea what proposal to make as the NPCSC framework had left little room for discussion.

Over a dozen groups opposing the government’s political reform proposal plan to launch a series of district-level gatherings and protests from June 7 until the legislators vote on the bill.

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