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Pro-Beijing figure warns Hong Kong's freedoms under threat: Report

Published on Jul 8, 2014 1:55 PM

HONG KONG (REUTERS) - China's leaders could re-think Hong Kong's autonomy if tensions in the Asian financial hub reached a level that threatened national security, one of the city's leading pro-Beijing figures has warned.

Jasper Tsang, president of Hong Kong's Legislative Council, told the South China Morning Post that failure to strike a deal over the leadership election in 2017 would deal a blow to confidence in the "one country, two systems" formula under which the city was returned to China in 1997.

"The most worrying development in the past few weeks is about Beijing and Hongkongers falling into a vicious cycle that is not conducive on electoral reform," Tsang was quoted as saying in an interview with the Post published on Tuesday.

"We Hongkongers must ask ourselves whether Hong Kong's contribution to our country outweighs the trouble we cause."

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