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Western democracy "disastrous" for H.K., China's top legislator says

Hong Kong will not adopt democratic systems of foreign countries in its political development or face "disastrous consequences," China's top legislator told Hong Kong deputies to the National People's Congress during the annual session in Beijing on Thursday. The warning came as Hong Kong consults the public over the leadership election in 2017 and amid prodemocracy advocates' concerns an autocratic Beijing will not favor a genuine democracy that jeopardizes its total control.

Xu Chongde, drafter of China's Constitution, dies at 85

Xu Chongde, a Chinese scholar who helped draft China's first Constitution after the Chinese Communists came to power in 1949 as well as the basic charters of Hong Kong and Macao, died Monday at age 85, his family and the Renmin University of China said Tuesday. Xu's daughter-in-law told Hong Kong's RTHK radio and television station that he suffered a heart attack at his Beijing home Monday night and was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Chinese official cold-shoulders H.K. democratic camp proposal

A Chinese official said Thursday the power of a nominating committee for Hong Kong's leadership election is not to be challenged, one day after pro-democracy advocates proposed three different ways of nominating candidates.

Chinese official cold-shoulders H.K. democratic camp proposal

A Chinese official said Thursday the power of a nominating committee for Hong Kong's leadership election is not to be challenged, one day after pro-democracy advocates proposed three different ways of nominating candidates.

Thousands march for democracy in H.K.

Thousands of people marched in Hong Kong on Wednesday for full democracy amid an ongoing government consultation that will reform the territory's upcoming legislative and leadership elections. The Civil Human Rights Front, the organizer of the annual New Year's Day pro-democracy march, estimated the turnout at 30,000, while police put it at around 11,000. "We want universal suffrage! Public nomination now! Step down CY!" the people chanted, referring to Beijing-backed Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

H.K. need only follow Beijing on democracy development: Leung

Hong Kong's democratization must follow Chinese lawmakers' prescription and what the Basic Law stipulates, while the involvement of foreign governments is not welcome, the territory's leader Leung Chun-ying said Friday. The Beijing-backed chief executive said there is only enough time for Hong Kong to stride the path drawn by the National People's Congress Standing Committee, China's core legislative body that oversees Hong Kong's political reform, but not enough time to consider any alternative.

U.S. consul general supports H.K. having 'genuine' democracy

Washington's top envoy to Hong Kong said Tuesday he welcomes China's decision to allow full democracy in Hong Kong and that the United States backs Hong Kong in striving for "genuine" universal suffrage. "(China's) central government has made the wise decision to proceed with the introduction of universal suffrage in the 2017 chief executive election and the 2020 Legislative Council elections," U.S. Consul General Clifford Hart said during an American Chamber of Commerce luncheon. "I applaud this decision."

Beijing criticizes foreign gov'ts for interfering with H.K. democracy

Beijing officials on Monday criticized foreign governments and officials for meddling in Hong Kong's political affairs, following resentful comments made by the territory's leader against a British minister's expression of concern over the former British colony's democratic development. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Beijing strongly opposes the remarks made by British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire, who said Britain is offering to support Hong Kong's democratization process.

Thousands rally in Hong Kong to call for democracy

Thousands of protesters, some waving British colonial-era flags, marched in Hong Kong Monday to denounce the city's leaders and demand universal suffrage on the 16th anniversary of the territory's handover to China. Tropical Storm Rumbia brought rain and strong winds as demonstrators bearing banners saying "Democracy now" and "Down with the Chinese Communist Party" started off from the city's landmark Victoria Park to march to the financial district of Central.

Hong Kong court rejects landmark maid residency bid

Hong Kong's top court Monday rejected a bid to give hundreds of thousands of foreign maids the right to live in the city permanently, angering activists who said the ruling amounted to discrimination. In turning down the attempt to give maids the same residency rights as other foreigners, the Court of Final Appeal ruled that there was no need to refer the case to Beijing for a final say, which would have sparked new controversy.
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