Britain "not relevant" in political reform: Hong Kong chief
HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong's leader Sunday scoffed at calls by a British minister for greater democratic freedoms in the city, dismissing London's views as "irrelevant".
British Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire said in a newspaper opinion piece that Hong Kong's progress towards universal suffrage was "vital to its future stability" and that electoral reforms must offer voters a "genuine choice".
But Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying hit back saying the question of Hong Kong's progress towards universal suffrage was "not relevant" to Britain.
"Hong Kong does not need support from British government or any other foreign governments on the issue of political reform and universal suffrage for Chief Executive in 2017," he told reporters. "This matter is entirely within the (policy) area of the Chinese people, and is not relevant to Britain," Mr Leung said after a public forum in a local school.