John Lee slams ‘baseless’ Economist editorial on HK

Chief Secretary John Lee has accused the Economist of misleading its readers about the situation in Hong Kong, in his second letter admonishing an international news outlet in as many weeks. In its January 8 edition, the London-based publication ran an editorial headlined: "Hong Kong’s new legislature is a mockery...

‘HK to come up with its own democratic system’

A leader of Beijing's top think tank on Hong Kong on Tuesday said the SAR will not adopt the mainland's democratic system or that of the West, but a new version that fits the territory's capitalist model. Wang Zhenmin, vice-president of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies,...

Beijing backs democracy, hails new Legco in HK

The commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Hong Kong, Liu Guangyuan, has told foreign dignitaries and chambers of commerce that Beijing has unwavering support for Hong Kong's democratic development, and will continue to protect the interests of foreign investors here. Liu was speaking to around 120 representatives at...

Tik Chi-yuen not worried about being ignored in Legco

The only non-establishment candidate who won a seat in the new Legislative Council, Tik Chi-yuen, says he doesn’t think he will be ignored, adding he will continue to push for the democratic development in Hong Kong. Tik, chairman of Third Side who took the social welfare seat, told an RTHK...

Foreign forces warned not to meddle in HK polls

Beijing officials have warned Western forces against trying to undermine Hong Kong's upcoming Legco elections, saying the central government will fight them off. "Foreign forces using whatever means and excuses trying to interfere in Hong Kong’s Legco elections will be fought back by the Chinese government,” warned Commissioner of the...

Xia Baolong is right about democracy: Carrie Lam

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has endorsed comments made by Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office chief Xia Baolong that Hong Kong wasted time in seeking Western-style democracy, and that this pursuit brought more harm than good to the SAR. Xia noted on Monday that Hong Kong people have never enjoyed...

‘Xia Baolong’s speech was targeting the US’

A vice-president of Beijing’s top think tank on Hong Kong, Lau Siu-kai, says the central government’s call for Hong Kong people to vote in the coming Legco election is part of China’s rebuff against the “hypocrisy of the US and Western democracy”. Lau was commenting on a speech made by...

HK people about to enjoy real democracy: Xia Baolong

The director of Beijing's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Xia Baolong, said on Monday that Hong Kong had wasted time in seeking "Western-style democracy" but was left only with chaos and divisions. In a speech via video link ahead of this month's Legco elections, Xia noted that Hong Kong...