Monday, April 21, 2014   

Beijing discussing HK's political reform
(12-19 18:07)

A top Beijing official said on Thursday that the central government was reaching out to a wide range of stakeholders to discuss political reform in Hong Kong as the territory struggles to come to a concensus on how to achieve universal suffrage for the 2017 chief executive election, RTHK reports.
Speaking in Beijing, the Director of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Wang Guangya, said while the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government will take the lead in taking the pulse of public opinion on the matter, mainland officials are also talking with as many people as they can.
Wang also stressed that all legitimate proposals must conform to the Basic Law but did not directly address whether the pan-democrats' demand for civil nomination -- giving nomination rights to ordinary voters -- was constitutionally valid.
Earlier in the day, Wang met with the Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.
Leung, who was accompanied by the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Caejar Chan Ka-keung, also called on the Ministry of Finance. Leung told Finance Minister Lou Jiwei that "Hong Kong should learn from the mainland".
He also said he had a few questions he wanted to follow up with the ministry, but did not elaborate.   
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