China’s ruling on HK poll law

Associated Press

Beijing, April 6:

China made a major ruling today on how Hong Kong chooses its leaders, saying the territory must submit proposed political reforms to Beijing for approval. Hong Kong activists immediately decried the decision.The Chinese government’s National People’s Congress issued the ruling in an interpretation of the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution.

Tsang Hin-chi, a Hong Kong delegate to the NPC, said the ruling also left open the possibility of a direct election in 2007 and allowed the current system to stay unchanged."If the system needs to be changed, it can be changed. But it can also stay the same," Tsang said in remarks carried widely on Hong Kong television and radio. He called the ruling "very mild, very clear."