Beijing top official says the problem is subversion, not democracy
The topic at hand is subversion, not democracy when the central government plans electoral changes in Hong Kong, Beijing's top official on the city's affairs said.
Vice-Premier Han Zheng received Hong Kong's deputies to National People's Congress this morning, further elaborating on the rationale behind changing Hong Kong's electoral system.
He said the changes is for defending national security, and facilitates waging a “defensive war” over Hong Kong's administration, economy and livelihood.
It is a matter of fighting against subversion. Whether the changes is democratic or not democratic is not the main issue, deputies attending the meeting quoted Han to have said.
Turbulence in 2003, 2014, 2016 and 2019 reflected problems in Hong Kong's administration, especially since the onset of the unrest two years ago, he said.
Han also met CE Carrie Lam to discuss fighting the pandemic and economic development.
According to Beijing's electoral reform proposal, the number of LegCo seats will be increased from 70 to 90, with the election committee forming a third constituency on top of geographical and function constituencies.
As for the CE election, more than 100 district councilors will be kicked out of the election committee. Hong Kong delegates to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference will automatically become members of the committee.