Lawmakers from three pan-democratic parties say they will not attend a banquet with the chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, Zhang Dejiang, next Wednesday.
Civic Party leader Alan Leong said there was no point in going, since legislators will not have a chance to discuss Hong Kong's social problems and political development during the meal.
People Power lawmaker Albert Chan, meanwhile, said it was not appropriate for the banquet to be held on Wednesday, when the Legislative Council should meet.
Labour Party lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan said her colleagues would not attend either, saying they would rather spend the time preparing for the Legco meeting the next day.
Ho also criticized the government for asking those who wanted to attend to fill out a form. “This procedure is very much the same as applying for a visa in a foreign country," she said.
Zhang is the senior most Beijing leader to visit Hong Kong since the Occupy protests in 2014.—AP