Monday, 9 April 2012

Tensions Still Simmering

Premier Wen Jiabao formalized Leung Chun-ying's appointment
Chief Executive-elect Leung Chun-ying is in Beijing today for a short visit to be formally appointed to the position by Premier Wen Jiabao.

He is also expected to meet President Hu Jintao and Vice President Xi Jinping and discuss what will be on the agenda for the next five years.

And when Leung comes back on Thursday, he will be attending a "reconciliation dinner" organized by the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, and those who supported Henry Tang Ying-yen are invited to come.

It's hoped that this banquet will help ease tensions between the two camps now that the election is over.

However, at least four lawmakers snubbed the invite, revealing some lingering sore losers in Tang's camp.

One, Chim Pui-chung, who represents the financial services sector, said he was not going.

"It's meaningless for me to attend the dinner as I disagree with some of them [lawmakers]," he said. "I am not desperate for a close relationship with CY [Leung], as I am not seeking any title or position [in the government]."

Two others said they would not be in town while another said he was going to another meeting.

However Miriam Lau Kin-yee of the chairman of the Liberal Party, who had cast a blank ballot in the election, indicated she would attend for a short period because of another previous engagement.

"If the chief executive is working for the best [interests] of Hongkongers, we will support him. There is nothing needing to be reconciled. I did not support Leung during the election, but he is elected now and it's my responsibility to raise my constituencies' concerns to the incoming chief executive."

At least we know the women are taking the high road and giving Leung a chance.

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