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CHINA’S Ticking Clock: Critical Hong Kong Vote Ruling by Beijing Coming Soon

Police removed a democracy activist in Hong Kong in July. An election reform decision is expected Aug. 31. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Police removed a democracy activist in Hong Kong in JulyAgence France-Presse/Getty Images

Pro-Democracy Activists Demand Right to Nominate Candidates for Chief Executive

HONG KONG — WSJ‘s Chester Yung reports: China’s top legislative body in Beijing is expected to announce a decision Aug. 31 on the issue of how Hong Kong’s leader is elected, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Beijing has said elections for the city’s leader will begin in 2017, but at issue is whether Beijing will let Hong Kong residents directly nominate candidates for the chief executive post or whether only pre-approved candidates will be allowed to run.

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The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislative body, will convene Aug. 25-31 in Beijing, and will discuss proposed reforms for electing Hong Kong’s top leader.

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A pro-Beijing demonstrator waves a Chinese flag during a march in Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against a pro-democracy campaign that has threatened civil disobedience over election reform in the city. Reuters

“Occupy Central, a pro-democratic activist group, has threatened to mobilize 10,000 protesters in mass civil disobedience if Beijing takes a hard line on the city’s election reforms.”

Two people familiar with the matter said a news conference would be held in Beijing on Aug. 31 to announce the results of the meeting. They said another news conference would be held in Hong Kong.

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So far, rhetoric from officials in both Beijing and Hong Kong suggests that Beijing will reject outright activists’ demands that the public be allowed to directly nominate candidates for chief executive.

But Beijing may take a different approach, by simply acknowledging the report on reform filed by the Hong Kong government last month.

That would allow the Hong Kong government to launch another round of public consultation and formulate a final proposal without explicit instructions from Beijing.

The Chinese central government‘s Liaison Office in Hong Kong said Beijing hasn’t yet made a decision on the city’s democratic reforms…(read more)

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Write to Chester Yung at chester.yung@wsj.com

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13 Comments on “CHINA’S Ticking Clock: Critical Hong Kong Vote Ruling by Beijing Coming Soon”

  1. citizennp says:

    Reblogged this on citizennp and commented:
    China is already attempting to undermine the aspirations of Hong Kong citizens by funding fake counter rallies and threats. We support the rights of our Hong Kong brethren. May the wind be behind your sails and stars point you to victory!

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