|Pan-democratic lawmakers slam UK over report
Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong hit back Friday at former colonial ruler Britain over a report they said showed no ''commitment'' to the city and strived to avoid embarrassing Beijing.
The British parliamentary report comes as tensions rise over complaints of increasing interference from China in the semi-autonomous city, and Beijing's insistence that it vet candidates for Hong Kong's next leader in 2017.
In a foreword to the report, released Thursday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the city's "unique constitutional framework has worked well'' and that there was no "perfect model'' for electoral reform.
"The important thing is that the people of Hong Kong have a genuine choice and feel that they have a real stake in the outcome,'' he said.
But pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong condemned the report.
"It contains a lot of waffling without any commitment to help,'' Civic Party legislator Claudia Mo Man-ching told AFP.
"I think that the UK government is taking economic considerations much more seriously than political differences.''
Britain and China signed trade deals worth more than US$24 billion in June, during a visit to London by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. --AFP