Hong Kong Leader Rejects Foreign Help for 2017 Election Reform
Hong Kong doesn’t need assistance from British or other foreign governments to bring in universal suffrage to elect its next leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told reporters in the city yesterday.
Leung was responding to comments by Hugo Swire, a minister in the U.K.’s Foreign Office, which were published in the South China Morning Post’s opinion page Sept. 14. Swire wrote that his country offers its support, and that it is important that the city’s people have a “genuine choice.”
The matter is entirely a domestic affair between Hong Kong and China and is unrelated to other governments, Leung said in the briefing. China took back sovereignty of Hong Kong from the U.K. in 1997 and under the Basic Law allows the city wide-ranging independence to govern itself under the “one country, two systems” policy.
Hong Kong’s government is “determined” to realize the goal of electing the next chief executive within the framework of the law, Leung said. He reiterated there is sufficient time to complete the consultation process in time for the 2017 event.
Foreign officials who have tried to support or influence Hong Kong’s political reform have met with negative results in the past, Leung said.
Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam also responded to Swire’s commentary and rejected the need for outside help in the city’s political process, the Sunday Morning Post reported yesterday.
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