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2005-12-07 06:35:49

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Beijing is likely to hint at the possibility of giving full democracy to Hong Kong by 2017 to win over pro-democracy lawmakers opposed to the city government's election reform proposals, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. China, however, quickly denied the report. Citing an unidentified source close to Beijing, the South China Morning Post said the hint would be delivered by a Chinese state leader in a vaguely worded statement. "The central government may hint...

2005-12-05 06:32:16

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang's firm stance in the face of a massive protest march on Sunday has set the scene for a showdown with pro-democracy legislators over an unpopular election reform package, analysts said on Monday. They said the protesters, numbered at a quarter of a million by organisers and 63,000 by police, sent a clear message to Tsang and his Communist Party bosses in Beijing about the desire for democracy in Hong Kong. "This is...

2005-12-04 08:57:53

By John Ruwitch and Wendy Lim HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tens of thousands marched in Hong Kong on Sunday demanding a timeframe for direct elections, but the city's Beijing-anointed leader stood firm on reforms that his critics say are inadequate. With organizers putting the number of protesters at quarter of a million, the march could irritate China's Communist Party leaders and embarrass Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang. Police said the five-hour march drew 63,000 protesters,...

2005-12-04 05:40:00

By John Ruwitch and Wendy Lim HONG KONG -- Tens of thousands marched in Hong Kong on Sunday for the right to directly elect their political leaders and to protest against a package of electoral reforms pushed by the city's chief executive and Beijing. The turnout of about 60,000 people wearing "Hong Kong loves democracy" stickers was a far cry from July 2003, when an economic slump and disaffection with Hong Kong's leaders drew half a million people to a pro-democracy march. But Sunday's...

2005-12-03 21:39:32

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people are expected to march in Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against the territory's leaders and Beijing for pushing a package of unpopular election reforms. A large turnout could annoy China's Communist Party leaders and embarrass Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang, who has refused to budge on his reform proposals or provide a timetable for universal suffrage for the former British colony. Half a million people attended a march on...

2005-09-25 10:37:13

By John Ruwitch GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - A group of die-hard pro-democracy lawmakers from Hong Kong crossed into mainland China on Sunday for the first time since being barred for criticizing Beijing after the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989. The Chinese government invited the city's entire 60-member Legislative Council on a two-day tour of the southern province of Guangdong as a goodwill gesture to try to build trust with lawmakers, some of whom it has labeled traitors in...

2005-06-30 05:59:10

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday approved theappointment of veteran troubleshooter Rafael Hui as Hong Kong'sdeputy leader after the territory's new chief executivenominated his long-time friend to be his second in command. As chief secretary, Hui, 57, will deputise for leaderDonald Tsang, assist in the day-to-day implementation ofgovernment policies and will be the senior member in theExecutive Council, or cabinet, the highest policy-making bodyin the territory. The chief secretary is...


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