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Q&A Lipin / Leong / Hong Kong Politics


Hong Kong Appears To Be Heading Toward Greater Political Confrontation In The Coming Weeks. Pro-Democracy Activists Are Preparing To Hold An Unofficial Referendum To Pressure The Territory's Government And Its Superiors In Beijing To Accept-Stronger Democratic Reforms. The Occupy Central Movement's Referendum Will Ask Residents Whether They Believe The Public Has A Right To Nominate Candidates For City's Next Leadership Election In 2017. That Is The First Election In Which Beijing Has Said The Chief Executive Post Can Be Filled By Universal Suffrage. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chunying Has Criticized The Referendum, Telling Lawmakers Last Week That He Will Not Be Pressured Into Implementing Reforms That Do Not Comply With The City's Constitution, Or Basic Law. Leung And Chinese Officials Have Said The Basic Law Requires Candidates To Be Nominated Only By A Committee And Show Loyalty To The Chinese Motherland. The Head Of Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Civic Party, Lawmaker Alan Leong. Rejects That Interpretation. In Our Third And Final Part Of This Series, Leong Spoke Last Week With Daybreak Asia's Michael Lipin, Who Asked Him Whether He Thinks The Hong Kong Government Can Reach A Compromise Over The Nomination Process.

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