China won't tighten policies towards HK
THERE is no need to worry that the central government will tighten its policies towards Hong Kong and the "one country, two systems" principle should not be changed at will, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said yesterday.
"The Basic Law stipulates that the systems of the special administrative region and the 'one country, two systems' policy represent the will of the country and the desire of the people. They cannot be changed easily," Mr Li said at a press briefing.
Hong Kong returned to China in 1997 under a system that gives it a separate legal system and greater freedoms than the mainland - and the promise of universal suffrage.
Beijing says it will allow a free vote for Hong Kong leaders in 2017, but only among pre-screened candidates.
CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK, REUTERS