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Monday, April 15, 2019, 13:06
Survey: Most people deplore opposition's US trip
By Shadow Li in Hong Kong
Monday, April 15, 2019, 13:06 By Shadow Li in Hong Kong

Most people interviewed in a survey denounced a recent visit to the United States by three members of the opposition camp aimed at defaming the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. 

More than half of the respondents in the survey, conducted by the Hong Kong Research Association (HKRA) – a local non-governmental organization – disapproved of the trip undertaken by former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang and two incumbent legislators last month, during which they met US Vice-President Mike Pence. 

Such behavior by the opposition camp, according to 55 percent of those interviewed, will indirectly help the US government to contain China’s development by meddling in Hong Kong’s affairs

The opposition trio, who were invited by the US government, claimed that Hong Kong’s human rights and freedoms are deteriorating, and relayed their concerns over the implementation of “one country, two systems”. 

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The survey, carried out from April 3 to 10, interviewed 1,073 people aged above 18 came from different social stratums. 

Only one among 10 people polled believed that the genuine aim of the visit was to promote democracy in the SAR, with one-third of the respondents thought it was either for the personal agenda of the three involved or for election campaigning. 

US politicians have been long-term critics of Hong Kong’s political system and development. The survey revealed that 55 percent of the respondents held the view that the behavior of US politicians would do Hong Kong more harm than good. 

About 46 percent of the respondents agreed that the opposition camp should not invite foreign powers to intervene in Hong Kong’s internal affairs. 

Such behavior by the opposition camp, according to 55 percent of those interviewed, will indirectly help the US government to contain China’s development by meddling in Hong Kong’s affairs. 

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The HKRA urged the opposition camp to heed the views of the majority of Hong Kong people and stop hurting the city’s future development. 

The survey also shed light on public opinion of the proposed amendments to Hong Kong’s extradition laws, which the opposition camp vehemently opposes. The amendments would allow Hong Kong to extradite fugitives and criminal suspects to all jurisdictions on a case-by-case basis. 

Forty-five percent of the respondents threw their weight behind the government’s move to plug the existing legal loophole caused by the absence of extradition agreements with certain jurisdictions.

stushadow@chinadailyhk.com

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