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“The cen­tral gov­ern­ment holds the un­wa­ver­ing po­si­tion to ful­fill univer­sal suf­frage in the re­gion by 2017, and the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion gov­ern­ment has the de­ter­mi­na­tion and con­fi­dence to suc­cess­fully ac­com­plish this. With the re­spon­si­bil­ity and obli­ga­tions shoul­dered by Hong Kong cit­i­zens, I be­lieve all ob­sta­cles can be over­come.”

deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the 12th Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress, China’s top leg­is­la­ture, made the re­marks at a sym­po­sium on Hong Kong’s univer­sal suf­frage on Thurs­day. About 220 po­lit­i­cal ad­vis­ers and law­mak­ers from the main­land and Hong Kong at­tended the meet­ing. Li stressed pa­tri­o­tism, ad­her­ence to law and lo­cal pros­per­ity as musts in prac­tic­ing univer­sal suf­frage in Hong Kong by 2017.

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