Wednesday, April 16, 2014   

CE concerns 'not reason for think tank'
(12-12 17:40)

A vice-president of a new national-level think tank studying Hong Kong and Macau affairs has dismissed speculation that Beijing created the group because of concerns about Leung Chun-ying's administration.
Lau Siu-kai, a former head fo the government's Central Policy Unit, said it would focus more on broader governance issues, and previously-overlooked matters such as the divergence in views between Hong Kong and the mainland over the one country, two systems principle, RTHK reports.
Lau said the chief executive's low popularity ratings had nothing to do with the timing of the think tank's establishment.
The 300 member think tank is led by retired Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office deputy director Chen Zuo'er, and includes many prominent academics from Hong Kong and the mainland. Professor Lau says he expected it to wield considerable influence on Beijing's policy towards Hong Kong.   
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