WASHINGTON — China, under pressure from disaffected and upset Hong Kong residents, sent its highest-ranking official in the city to meet with disgruntled city politicians. The central government, run by the Communist Party in Beijing, is planning to release an edict on electoral reform.
Reuters reported Hong Kong still vies for full democracy, something they enjoyed under British rule until they were handed over to Communist China.
Democratic protesters threatened a sit-in if the central government came down with the decision that Beijing, not Hong Kong residents, will choose the city’s next leader.
The senior leader, Zhang Xiaoming, is in charge of China’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, apparently told local lawmakers “The fact that you are allowed to stay alive, already shows the country’s inclusiveness.”