Token gesture or genuine resolve? Beijing’s fresh vow to pursue universal suffrage in Hong Kong sparks debate

A Beijing white paper renewing its pledge to pursue the ultimate goal of electing Hong Kong’s leader and legislature by universal suffrage has sparked debate over one question: is it just a token gesture or a genuine commitment towards full democracy?A former minister and the only non-establishment candidate returned in Sunday’s Legislative Council election saw it as a positive sign, saying it opened a window to attaining the goal stated in the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution.Tik Chi…

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