|Zhang Xiaoming, director of Beijing's Liaison Office in Hong Kong|
Looks like Beijing is forcing Occupy Central's hand by declaring the public will not be allowed to nominate candidates for Hong Kong's next leadership race in 2017.Zhang Xiaoming, director of the liaison office wrote in an open letter published yesterday, ruling out a "civic nomination" of allowing candidates to run for the top job if they had a certain proportion of voters' nominations.
He said a provision in the city's mini-constitution requires candidates to be chosen by a "broadly representative nominating committee".
He was responding to democrat Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit, who proposed that having the public nominate candidates does not go against the Basic Law.
It all hinges on how "broadly representative nominating committee" is interpreted. In Zhang's case, it's the existing format, whereas Leong sees "broadly" as a much wider base.