|Zhang Dejiang's statements on Hong Kong's future is subject to interpretation|
Another Hong Kong delegate, Brave Chan Yung, also expressed fears that the city was missing its only opportunity for universal suffrage, and that if it was voted down this time, another chance would not come again.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said Zhang's words should be interpreted as "a warning".
However, Elsie Leung Oi-sie, deputy director of the Basic Law Committee, believed Zhang was not saying that Hong Kong's political system could not be changed after 2017.
So what did Zhang really mean?
Chinese officials can say whatever they want and then backtrack later because what they said originally was so vague that it could have been interpreted a number of ways.
And that's what we're seeing here, which is much like a dog chasing its tail -- going around in circles.
Can we get a clarification once and for all? Or perhaps Zhang is couching his words to suit possible circumstances for later?