South China Correspondent, Hong Kong/Guangzhou
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Sep 13, 2014

China’s Hong Kong chief says remarks to lawmakers were misrepresented in media reports

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s most senior official in Hong Kong, Zhang Xiaoming, said on Friday that remarks he had made to pro-democracy lawmakers in an August 19 meeting had been misrepresented in media reports.

“I admit that during the conversation, I used the phrase ‘stay alive’,” Zhang wrote in a statement on the website of China’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong.

Sep 13, 2014

China’s Hong Kong chief says remarks to lawmakers were misrepresented in media

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s most senior official in Hong Kong, Zhang Xiaoming, said on Friday that remarks he had made to pro-democracy lawmakers in an August 19 meeting had been misrepresented in media reports.

“I admit that during the conversation, I used the phrase ‘stay alive’,” Zhang wrote in a statement on the website of China’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong.

Sep 13, 2014
Sep 12, 2014

Lawyers boycott trial of prominent Chinese activist

GUANGZHOU China (Reuters) – Lawyers representing a prominent Chinese activist boycotted the start of a long-delayed trial in protest over procedural irregularities on Friday, in a closely watched case as China ramps up a clamp-down on rights campaigners.

Guo Feixiong, 48, a writer and well-known advocate of citizen’s rights based in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, was arrested for taking part in a rare public protest against media censorship outside the offices of the Southern Weekly newspaper last January.

Sep 11, 2014
Sep 11, 2014

China asserts paternal rights over Hong Kong in democracy clash

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Just days before China was set to deliver its edict on electoral reform in Hong Kong, Beijing’s most senior official in the city held a rare meeting with several local lawmakers whose determined push for full democracy had incensed Beijing’s Communist leaders.

The setting at the Aug. 19 meeting was calm: A room with plush cream carpets, Chinese ink brush landscape paintings and a vase of purple orchids. The political mood outside, however, was fraught. Democratic protesters were threatening to shut down the global financial hub with an “Occupy Central” sit-in if Beijing refused to allow the city to freely elect its next leader.

Sep 11, 2014

Insight – China asserts paternal rights over Hong Kong in democracy clash

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Just days before China was set to deliver its edict on electoral reform in Hong Kong, Beijing’s most senior official in the city held a rare meeting with several local lawmakers whose determined push for full democracy had incensed Beijing’s Communist leaders.

The setting at the Aug. 19 meeting was calm: A room with plush cream carpets, Chinese ink brush landscape paintings and a vase of purple orchids. The political mood outside, however, was fraught. Democratic protesters were threatening to shut down the global financial hub with an “Occupy Central” sit-in if Beijing refused to allow the city to freely elect its next leader.

Aug 31, 2014

Hong Kong braces for protests as China rules out full democracy

BEIJING/HONG KONG, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Pro-democracy
activists vowed on Sunday to bring Hong Kong’s financial hub to
a standstill after China’s parliament rejected their demands for
the right to freely choose the former British colony’s next
leader in 2017.

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress
(NPC) endorsed a framework to let only two or three candidates
run in the 2017 leadership vote. All candidates must first
obtain majority backing from a nominating committee likely to be
stacked with Beijing loyalists.

Aug 31, 2014

China slams door shut on full Hong Kong democracy in 2017 vote

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s parliament said on Sunday it will tightly control the nomination of candidates for a landmark election in Hong Kong in 2017, a move likely to trigger mass protests in the city’s Central business district by disappointed democracy activists.

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) said it had endorsed a framework to let only two or three candidates run in a 2017 vote for Hong Kong’s next leader. All candidates must first obtain majority backing from a nominating committee likely to be stacked with Beijing loyalists.

Aug 30, 2014

China and Hong Kong poised for showdown over democracy

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong is poised for a showdown with China when the Chinese parliament meets later on Sunday, with the largely rubber-stamp body likely to snuff out hopes for a democratic breakthrough in the regional financial hub at elections due in 2017.

Political reform has been a constant source of friction between Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and the mainland since the former British colony was handed back to Communist Party rulers in 1997.