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Monday, April 20, 2015, 12:47

Beijing 'committed to universal suffrage'

By Shadow Li /

Beijing 'committed to universal suffrage'
A file photograph of Wang Guangya, director of the State Council’s HK and Macau Affairs Office taken on Dec 6, 201 3. (Photo / CNS)

HONG KONG - The Central Government is committed to realization of universal suffrage in Hong Kong in 2017, Wang Guangya, director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, was quoted as saying on Monday.

Wang was quoted as saying this during a meeting with representatives from the New Territories Association of Society (NTAS).

Speaking after meeting Wang in Beijing, NTAS's adviser Starry Lee Wai-king, the newly-elected chairwoman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and progress of Hong Kong (DAB), said Wang had expressed the Central government's resolve and confidence to achieve universal suffrage in 2017.

During the meeting, Lee wondered if it would be possible for Wang to meet all lawmakers and dispel doubts about improvements to the political framework once the democracy ball started rolling in Hong Kong.

Lee thinks that if Hong Kong doesn’t get on board now, it will stand still.

She said Wang had noted the public would be disappointed if the Legislative Council doesn't pass the political reform package.

Hong Kong youth, Shenzhen visa curb and building a shopping center near border figured in the meeting in Beijing. Apprently, more opportunities will be given to the young people of Hong Kong in keeping with the nation’s “One Belt, One Road” development blueprint.

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