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Hong Kong's Government Is Days Away From Completing A Process Of Inviting Public Ideas About How The Autonomous Chinese Territory Should Elect Its Next Leader In 2017, The First Time That Post Will Be Filled By Universal Suffrage. The City Has Long Been Divided -A Pan-Democratic Coalition Of Parties Wants Members Of The Public To Be Able To Nominate Anyone To Become A Candidate For The Chief Executive Post. A Pro-Government And Pro-Beijing Coalition Says Candidates Should Only Be Nominated By A Committee In Strict Accordance With Hong Kong's Constitution, Or Basic Law. Pro-Democracy Activists Fear A Committee Consisting Mainly Of Pro-Government Members Will Screen Out Any Candidate Deemed Insufficiently Loyal To Beijing. Two Veteran Pro-Democracy Activists And Former Lawmakers, Anson Chan And Martin Lee, Visited Washington Earlier This Month To Express Those Concerns To Members Of Congress And The Obama Administration. Daybreak Asia's Michael Lipin Sat Down With Chan At The National Endowment For Democracy, And Asked Her What She Thinks Of Beijing's Role.