Kong (AsiaNews) - The people of Hong Kong could face "disastrous"
consequences if it adopts full democracy based on foreign models. Instead, Hong
Kong must carry out democratic reform based on its own laws, warned Zhang
Dejiang, chairman of China's National People's Congress (NPC), amid intense
political debate on elections for the chief executive of the former British
colony in 2017
present, Hong Kong's government is governed by the Basic Law, which was adopted
before the former's British crown colony returned to mainland China in 1997,
and which will remain in force until 2047.
the law, elections to the Legislative Council require a complicated series of
steps that ensure a large number of seats for functional constituencies, which
are close to the mainland.
contrast, civil society groups, the Catholic
other religious denominations have long been calling for the adoption of
granted under British rule, universal suffrage has been blocked since 1997 by
China, which does not want to lose political control.
Central' movement (pictured) has emerged
against this situation. It aims at putting pressure on the Hong Kong government
through peaceful protests to implement full democracy in the territory.
Kong NPC delegate Rita Fan, chairman Zhang considers the "Occupy
Central" movement as the mainland's greatest enemy.
"said some people were waving the banner of universal suffrage to undermine
stability in Hong Kong." For him, "This won't help the cause of universal
Beijing's meddling in Hong Kong's affairs seems to be steadily increasing.
the city is governed by the rule of law, economic and political pressure from
mainland China has risen since the great rally of 1 July 2003, when hundreds of
thousands of people took to the streets to protest against a proposed
anti-subversion bill inspired by Communist policies.
Kong authorities later withdrew the draft proposal, but since then journalists
and human rights activists have complained that Beijing has been tightening its
control over the city.