» 07/06/2007, 00.00
HONG KONG – CHINA
Hong Kong democracy fades to beyond 2012
Donald Tsang, chief executive, yesterday said that it was “very likely” that the deadline for universal suffrage would be not be met. Cardinal Zen expressed his disappointment while democrats labeled Tsang as an arrogant man who has sold his soul to Beijing.
Hong Kong (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, chief executive of the Territory, yesterday expressed “serious doubts” about the likelihood of introducing universal suffrage in Hong Kong before 2012, because “it is probable that the Legislative Council will not reach the consensus necessary” for the new electoral model.
Tsang made this statement during his first question-and-answer session this term with lawmakers of the Territory. The session was called in view of the publication of a green paper what will outline the government’s plan of progress towards universal suffrage. Publication is due next week.
During the debate, the chief executive called on democrats to “calm down” and asked an independent candidate to “smile more”. Democratic parties believe his statements “show the true nature of Tsang: an arrogant dictator, who once he has grabbed the consensus of Beijing, wants to show the master all his loyalty.”
The bishop of Hong Kong, Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, addressed the matter yesterday. During a press conference, the cardinal said he would be “very sorry” if the document failed to contain “concrete steps worthy of trust” towards universal suffrage.
15/06/2009 HONG KONG – CHINA
From Tiananmen to the July 1st march: youth participation on the rise
A big turnout of youth for the June 4th Hong Kong vigil, also to show that economic growth must not cloud “recognition of heritage and respect for the truth”. For the traditional July 1st pro-democracy march over 100 thousand people are anticipated, also to contest the Chief executive Tsang.
18/06/2010 HONG KONG – CHINA
Donald Tsang (and China) loses TV debate on democracy
Respondents by a margin of 71 to 15 per cent back pro-democracy advocate. Proposed changes to Hong Kong’s election law are likely to go down in defeat. Beijing refuses to lay down a road map to full democracy for the special autonomous region.
13/12/2007 HONG KONG - CHINA
Donald Tsang in Beijing: universal suffrage for 2012; no, rather 2017
Majority of Hong Kong’s citizens want democracy soon, but according to the territorial government (held back by Beijing) it is better to delay until 2017. Resistance is registered above all among parliamentarians close to China and trade, fearful of the “damage” democracy could provoke.
03/07/2006 HONG KONG
Chief executive's silence over universal suffrage comes in for criticism
Some lawmakers criticise Donald Tsang for his attitude towards the July 1 pro-universal suffrage march. More than 58,000 people, 28,000 according to police, participate in the event.
02/12/2005 HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong's people urged to turn out in force for democracy rally
Pro-democracy lawmakers say the pro-universal suffrage rally is a "unique event". Among participants is a former delegate of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan
During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.
May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium
The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.
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