Hu Jintao says Hong Kong people can share in the pride of being Chinese
Yesterday, the curtain rose on the CCP’s Eighteenth Party Congress. In his political report, Party Chairman Hu Jintao stressed that the protection of national sovereignty, security and development was at the foundation of the mainland’s Hong Kong and Macau policies. He also said that he was confident that the people of Hong Kong and Macau could manage their special administrative regions well, contribute actively to national affairs, and share in the dignity and pride of being Chinese. Li Gang, Deputy Director of the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong, who attended the event, denied that Hu was targeting supporters of Hong Kong independence in his remarks. He also said that there were not many pro-independence people in Hong Kong and that those people had not won over the population. Finally, he said that proposals to replace Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying were absurd.
CTI chairman may seek judicial review over slow licensing process
Chairman Ricky Wong of City Telecom (CTI), having already invested HK$300 million on a free-to-air television station, is running out of patience with the government’s foot dragging on issuing new free-to-air television licenses. Yesterday, Wong said that he was thinking of seeking a judicial review of the government’s slow response. He also said Secretary for Commerce and Development Gregory So had failed to show responsibility, although Wong did not mention So by name. So responded by saying that Wong’s decision to invest in the station before a license was granted was Wong’s own decision and would not influence the license-granting procedure.
Workers fear political motive in decision to cancel LegCo Review
Recently, the management of Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) proposed adding an in-depth interview program to the station’s line-up. Chairman Roy Tang even suggested that the new show replace Legco Review, a 26-year program that covers legislative affairs. Yesterday, Tang backtracked on his suggestion, saying that Legco Review could stay on the air. Nevertheless, he still wants to include the proposed interview program in the line-up for next month. Tang was forced to back down due to the opposition of RTHK staff members to the removal of LegCo Review. Workers are worried that the station’s management has a political motive in seeking to cancel LegCo Review. The management insists that their proposal was not politically motivated.