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Real master of Hong Kong pushes fake democracy plan

posted 4 May 2015, 14:34 by Hong Kong Independence Party   [ updated 4 May 2015, 14:36 ]

Zhang Xiaoming, Beijing’s representative in Hong Kong, insists that the election plan offered by China will go ahead despite widespread condemnation by Hongkongers.  The controversial proposal allows China to screen and pre-select candidates to ensure that they are sufficiently "patriotic" and pro-China, which many argue runs counter to the "one country, two system" principle and promise of "a high degree of autonomy" underpinning the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China in 1997.  Being head of China’s Liaison Office, Zhang is the de facto master of Hong Kong and sees nothing wrong with such an electoral system, calling it "universal suffrage with Hong Kong characteristics".  One wonders whether Zhang, as a loyal member of a totalitarian regime, is best placed to understand Hongkongers' desire for self-determination and freedom.