Date
30 March 2017
Alan Leong (second from left) hopes Beijing will recognize the work of pan-democrats in Hong Kong's political development. Photo: HKEJ
Alan Leong (second from left) hopes Beijing will recognize the work of pan-democrats in Hong Kong's political development. Photo: HKEJ

Alan Leong to Beijing: Stop treating us as an adversary

Pan-democrats who helped crush the government’s election reform proposal last month want improved communication with Beijing.

Civic Party leader Alan Leong said this is important because the central government is getting biased information about Hong Kong.

Leong said communication must be two-way, according to Ming Pao Daily.

He said Beijing should stop treating pan-democrats as an adversary and expressed hope Beijing will recognize the work of pan-democrats in Hong Kong’s political development.

Leong made the comments Sunday after an eight-hour retreat attended by other top leaders including Democratic Party chief Emily Lau and Labor Party chairman Lee Cheuk-yan.

Democratic Party’s Albert Ho said communication with Beijing should be conducted in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

Meanwhile, pan-democrats are planning a meeting with supporters in all 18 districts to bolster their chances in the 2016 Legislative Council elections.

In Sunday’s retreat, they discussed whether to field candidates for the 2017 chief executive election committee but no decision was made.

Another meeting is planned for next month.

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