Beijing had hand in denying entry to British activist, Carrie Lam says

Local | 12 Oct 2017 11:02 am

The Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor tacitly admitted today that the British activist was denied entry to Hong Kong was Beijing's decision.

Asked during a radio program about the controversial decision by the Hong Kong immigration department, Lam said the central government is responsible for foreign affairs.

When asked if immigration issues were considered foreign relations, Lam it depends if any foreign relations issues were involved in the immigration process.

The British government is demanding an urgent explanation after Benedict Rogers, who is the deputy chairman of the Conservative Party's human rights commission, and vocal critic of Beijing, was turned back after landing on a flight from Bangkok on Wednesday.

Speaking during a joint radio phone-in program on her policy address, Lam also said that under the Basic law Hong Kong does not have self- autonomy in everything.

Asked why it's a foreign affairs matter, Lam said she could not disclose further detail.

She added every place has great discretion to handle its own immigration matters.

Rogers – who was Hong Kong resident from 1997 to 2002 – has criticised the recent imprisonment of pro-democracy activists including Joshua Wong Chi-fung, Nathan Law, and Alex Chow. He has also voiced concerns about a deterioration of the "One Country, Two Systems" principle.

Britain's Guardian newspaper quoted Rogers as saying he was given no explanation by Hong Kong officials as he was escorted onto a flight back to Thailand, where he began his journey on Wednesday morning.

Rogers said he had been warned via a third party that the Chinese embassy in London was "extremely concerned” about his plans to visit Hong Kong, The Guardian reported.-RTHK

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