Beijing doesn’t want to advance on democracy — And Hong Kong leaders fear trouble lies ahead

Peace and Freedom


By Tony Cheung
South China Morning Post

Civic Party lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah said on Monday that Beijing could politically “kill at will and suppress” even the moderate pan-democrats if the government’s electoral reform package was rejected in the legislature.

Tong, whose party is part of the pan-democratic camp, made the revelation on DBC radio on Monday morning, as he made the case that public opinion polls were not really helpful to further progress on political reform.

Ronny tong at City University last month. Photo: Franke Tsang

“I think in the end, the central government still needs to sit down and talk to the pan-democrats, but I must also ask: if the package is rejected, would … Beijing give up on the ‘two systems’?” He was referring to the “one country, two systems” principle that governs Beijing’s policy on Hong Kong.

Tong took part in the Bar Association’s biennial…

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