Xi urged to clarify declaration confusion


Veteran democrat Martin Lee. File photo.
The founding chairman of the Democratic Party, Martin Lee, has urged President Xi Jinping to clear up confusion over the Sino-British Joint Declaration that settled Hong Kong's future.

The British Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee said it had been told by the Chinese embassy in London that the Joint Declaration was void as it only covered the period from the signing in 1984 until the handover in 1997.

Last week, Beijing blocked a delegation of British lawmakers from entering Hong Kong.

Speaking after attending RTHK's City Forum, Mr Lee said Beijing's decision had made it impossible for Britain to even show concern over Hong Kong.

He said Mr Xi should put things right by saying China's basic policy on Hong Kong has never changed and the Joint Declaration remains valid.

An honorary chairwoman of the Liberal Party, Selina Chow, who also attended the forum, said Beijing has the right to decide whether a foreign delegation is allowed to enter Hong Kong.

She said the timing of the British lawmakers' proposed visit was also very sensitive.

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