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Hong Kong Chief Executive Signs Anti-Occupy Campaign
   2014-08-16 19:57:46    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Fu Yu

Hong Kong Chief Executive C Y Leung signs up to join the Anti-Occupy Central campaign in Hong Kong, south China, Aug. 15, 2014. More than 120,000 people in Hong Kong have signed up to join a planned march against the Occupy Central campaign and more are expected to do so in the run-up to the demonstration on Sunday, according to organizers. [Photo: Xinhua]


Hong Kong Chief Executive C Y Leung says he is opposed to illicit means including the Occupy Central plan to achieve universal suffrage for the Chief Executive election in 2017.

CRI's Hong Kong correspondent Li Jing has the story.

As hundreds of thousands of people in Hong Kong signed up to join a planned march against the Occupy Central campaign in the run-up to the demonstration on Sunday, Chief Executive CY Leung has thrown his name into the petition to support anti-Occupy movement although he said the move was in a personal capacity.

"As a member of the Hong Kong community, I am in favor of implementing universal suffrage in HK to elect CE in the year 2017. It will be a historic move if HK could do that. But we have to do it in accordance with the Basic Law and relevant NPC Standing Committee decisions. "

But he says nobody should resort to radical or illegal means to push for their demands.

"I am at the same time opposed to using illegal means, including 'Occupy Central' to achieve this objective. We have enough open channels for different views to be expressed."

Over 1.2 million people are said to have signed the petition to oppose the mass demonstration that threatened to paralyze the financial and political district in Hong Kong, which is organized by activists to push for genuine universal suffrage.

A number of other top officials, including Chief Secretary Carrie Lam have already signed the petition earlier.

CY Leung urges all sectors of society to engage in a rational dialogue to forge a consensus on political reform. He has been working hard to pass on messages between various parties, hoping to improve communication.

Central government liaison office director Zhang Xiaoming has met with pan-democrat lawmakers to discuss electoral reform. Three more meetings will be held next week.

The pan-democrats hope to persuade the central government to present a flexible framework for Hong Kong's political reform later this month.

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam who chaired the meeting hopes lawmakers could seize this opportunity to express their views on reform.

"Of course it is not quite realistic to expect one meeting to reach a consensus. But I think the meeting has been held in a very candid and open manner that both sides are able to express principled positions on issues relating to constitutional development. That's why both sides also conclude that it will be very helpful if we could have more opportunities of this sort in future. "

Meanwhile, senior officials with the central authority are scheduled to hold talks in Shenzhen next Thursday with the 70 Hong Kong lawmakers in a hope to narrow the gap on attitudes to the reform of chief executive election in the Chinese special administrative region.

For CRI, this is Li Jing in Hong Kong.

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