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China's Top Official For Hong Kong Affairs Has Denounced Pro-Democracy Activists Who Plan To Launch An Open-Ended Protest In The City Later This Year If Beijing Rejects Their Demands For Genuine Democratic Reforms. Hong Kong Officials Who Met With Wang Guangya In Beijing On Friday Quoted Him As Saying The Supporters Of The Occupy Central Protest Movement Are An "Extremist Minority" Who Will Not Suceed In Pressuring The Chinese Central Government. Occupy Central Activists Want Hong Kong Voters To Be Able To Nominate Candidates For The City's Next Leadership Election In 2017, The First Time The Post Will Be Filled By Universal Suffrage. But Beijing Officials Have Said Hong Kong's Constitution Of Basic Law Does Not Give The Public A Right To Nominate Candidates, Who Must Instead Be Selected By A Committee And Display Loyalty To The Motherland. Hong Kong Government Officials Have Agreed With Those Requirements And Plan To Formalize Them in A Reform Package To Be Submitted To Lawmakers By March Next Year. That Package Is Likely To Find Support From Hong Kong's Pro-Establishment Liberal-Party. Daybreak Asia's Michael Lipin Recently Spoke With Its Leader, Lawmaker James Tien, And Asked Him What He Thinks Should Happen Next In The Reform Process.