Friday, October 9, 2015   

HK 'should focus on economy not reform': Xu Jiatun
(06-17 10:43)

A former head of the Hong Kong branch of Xinhua News Agency, Xu Jiatun, has called on people to focus on economic development instead of political reform, and to accept pre-screening of chief executive election candidates.
In an interview with Hong Kong reporters in Los Angeles, the 98-year-old said he was aware of the ongoing political bickering, but stressed it should not deviate from the Basic Law and the relevant decisions made by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.
Mr Xu said there would be nothing wrong with having a screening mechanism for chief executive elections, because it is important to cherry pick candidates who love the country and Hong Kong.
He also slammed Occupy Central organizers for launching a campaign aimed at disrupting the territory's law and order.
Mr Xu, who was also the vice-chairman of the Basic Law Drafting Committee before the handover, went into exile and flew to the United States after he sympathized with the Tiananmen Square student protests in 1989. --RTHK   
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