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Chinese Embassy Refutes the Financial Times' Editorial on Hong Kong

The following is a letter from Mr. Miao Deyu, Spokesman of the Chinese Embassy in the UK, responding to Financial Times' editorial on Hong Kong on 2 September 2014.

Your editorial (2 September) on the decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) on the selection of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) by universal suffrage failed to grasp historical basics and therefore drew erroneous conclusions. The significance of the NPC decision for Hong Kong’s democratic progress cannot be underestimated. Once implemented, it will be the first time in history that Hong Kong can elect its own Chief Executive through one person one vote. It will not only advance Hong Kong’s democracy and political process but also fuel Hong Kong’s continued prosperity.

It must be noted that the initiative to elect HKSAR Chief Executive through universal suffrage came from the Chinese Government in the first place and was later stipulated in the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region adopted by the NPC in 1990. For over a century, the colonial rule of Britain, by appointing unelected Governors and major officials, did not give Hong Kong any democracy. The Sino-UK Joint Declaration in 1984 made no mention of universal suffrage in electing the Chief Executive. What it actually said was that the Chief Executive will be appointed by the Central People’s Government on the basis of the results of elections or consultations to be held locally. To confuse the Basic Law that China adopted in 1990 with a document between China and Britain casts doubt on the professional standard of the editorial.

I hope the Financial Times will publish my letter so that its readers can understand the issue of Hong Kong’s political reform correctly and in full.


Miao Deyu

Spokesman of the Chinese Embassy in the UK

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