Rival camps argue over Taiwan caucus

Local | Phoenix Un 16 Jun 2017

The pro-establishment camp has shown no signs it will stop pro-democracy lawmakers from joining a Taiwanese legislature caucus even as the former condemned their colleagues for colluding with independence advocates on the island.

Raymond Chan Chi-chuen of People Power, Nathan Law Kwun- chung of Demosisto and Eddie Chu Hoi-dick of Land Justice League on Monday participated in the establishment of the "Taiwan Congressional Hong Kong Caucus," a group of 18 Taiwanese Legislative Yuan members who aim to track the SAR's progress toward democracy.

Law and Chu said they advocate self-determination, but not independence. Chan does not support self- determination.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has slammed self-determination, citing it as a prelude to independence.

Thirty-nine pro-establishment legislators yesterday signed a joint declaration, strongly condemning their three colleagues.

Legislative Council president Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen was not among the signatories.

"As legislators of the Hong Kong SAR of the People's Republic of China, they openly joined activities of that organization [the caucus], and advocated 'Hong Kong Independence', 'Subtle Independence' and 'Taiwan Independence' and intervention in the internal affairs of Hong Kong, threatening the 'one country, two systems,' unity of the country and violating the Basic Law," according to the declaration.

Martin Liao Cheung-kong, convener of the pro-establishment caucus, described the Monday event as "collusion," citing members of the Taiwan caucus.

The pro-establishment side has had many contacts with Taiwanese political groups, but those contacts were different, the DAB's Elizabeth Quat Pui-fan said.

"This group [Taiwan caucus] has vowed to interfere with Hong Kong's internal affairs," Quat claimed.

Law hit back, saying the Taiwan caucus was similar to Legco panels which cover nothing about Hong Kong independence.

Chan said the pro-establishment camp's declaration would mean stopping all contacts with the Taiwan government.

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