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HK has to get full democracy in 'gradual and steady' way

By Wang Zhenmin | China Daily | Updated: 2014-08-14 07:08

Although the central authorities have time and again reiterated its promise of introducing universal suffrage in Hong Kong, some people are still skeptical, ignoring even the efforts it has made under the legal framework for the development of democracy in Hong Kong.

The Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is the greatest proof of the central authorities' seriousness to establish democracy in Hong Kong. After all, the National People's Congress widely solicited the opinions of Hong Kong residents, especially their views on its political system, and absorbed many of them in the Basic Law.

The Basic Law, which represents Hong Kong residents' aims, interests and aspirations, was enacted through a democratic procedure and is far more democratic than Hong Kong's former constitutional laws, the Hong Kong Letters Patent and Hong Kong Royal Instructions.

HK has to get full democracy in 'gradual and steady' way

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