Retired mandarin on speaking visit

Local | Phoenix Un Apr 17, 2018
Retired senior Beijing official Qiao Xiaoyang will visit Hong Kong on Thursday to speak at forums organized by the SAR government.

There has been speculation about the visit by the former National People's Congress law committee chairman after central government liaison office director Wang Zhimin said on Sunday Hong Kong was the only place in the world without national security, or Article 23, legislation.

Qiao's visit was confirmed yesterday.

In response to media inquiries a government spokesman said Qiao would speak in forums about national affairs.

Qiao would also visit the latest infrastructure projects, the spokesman said.

It is understood that Qiao will speak at two forums: one on Friday exclusively for principal officials and high-ranking public servants about the Basic Law, and another on Saturday entitled "Seminar of the 28th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Basic Law" held by the Joint Committee for the Promotion of the Basic Law of Hong Kong.

Besides attending seminars, Qiao would also visit the West Kowloon Terminus of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.

Secretary for the Civil Service Joshua Law Chi-kwong, after attending the Legislative Council Finance Committee meeting, was asked why the government invited retired officials to be guest speakers.

Law said that retired officials and professors frequently came to teach executive councilors and high-ranking officials about the constitution.

Law did not know if Qiao would talk about independence advocacy. "I don't know for the time being, I only know it will be about the constitution."

Lawmaker Wong Kwok-kin described Qiao as an authority on the Basic Law, and his speeches would be helpful for society to understand more about the co-location arrangement.

"I believe there is nobody else other than him who is more familiar with these topics. It wouldn't be retired officials coming if the trip was to press for [Basic Law Article 23 legislation]," he said.

Qiao, after attending an activity in Macau last month, said it was "totally ridiculous" for legislator Au Nok-hin to have sworn to uphold the Basic Law after having previously burnt it.

In 2013 he also said no constitutional reforms should be launched until Hongkongers agreed that anybody resisting the central government should not be the chief executive.

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