【英语中国】英副首相批评保守党对香港问题保持缄默 Clegg criticises Tories over silence on Hong Kong

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2014-7-16 06:44

小艾摘要: Nick Clegg has criticised his Conservative coalition partners for failing to provide backing for democratic reforms in Hong Kong.After a meeting on Tuesday with two of the former British colony’s lea ...
Clegg criticises Tories over silence on Hong Kong
Nick Clegg has criticised his Conservative coalition partners for failing to provide backing for democratic reforms in Hong Kong.

After a meeting on Tuesday with two of the former British colony’s leading democracy activists, the deputy prime minister reiterated his backing for a transition to universal suffrage in the city.

However, a person close to the Liberal Democrat leader said Mr Clegg was astonished to find himself alone among the country’s political leadership in doing so.

“Nick is pretty nonplussed to find himself as the only leading member of the coalition government prepared to uphold the human rights commitments made to Hong Kong by two leading Conservatives – John Major and Chris Patten,” the person said.

“The Conservative leadership have become so deferential in their attitude to China that they will not give these assurances themselves.”

In an interview with the Financial Times on Monday, Anson Chan and Martin Lee, the activists who met Mr Clegg, accused the UK of turning its back on Hong Kong.

Mr Lee, a barrister and founder of the city’s Democratic party, said British policy was dictated by “more trade, more business”.

Ms Chan, former head of the territory’s civil service under the British, rejected the findings of a recent UK report on Hong Kong that said “Hong Kong’s unique constitutional framework has worked well”.

Downing St said on Tuesday it would not comment on the matter.

尼克?克莱格(Nick Clegg)批评英国联合政府中的保守党未能为香港的民主改革提供支持。

在周二与这个英国前殖民地的两位民主运动领袖会晤之后,这位副首相重申了对香港转为普选制度的支持。

然而,一位与这位自由民主党(Liberal Democrat)领袖关系密切的人士表示,克莱格十分震惊地发现,英国政界高层中只有他一个人这么做。

这名人士表示:“尼克十分困惑地发现,在联合政府的领导人中,他是唯一一个准备维护对香港人权承诺的人,而这一承诺是由两位重要的保守党人——约翰?梅杰(John Major)和彭定康(Chris Patten)做出的。”

“保守党领导层对中国的态度已变得如此恭敬,以至于他们不会做出这些承诺。”

在接受英国《金融时报》周一的采访时,与克莱格进行了会晤的民主活动人士陈方安生(Anson Chan)和李柱铭(Martin Lee)指责英国背弃香港。

李柱铭律师为香港民主党创始人,他表示英国政策受“更多贸易,更多生意”驱动。

陈方安生是港英时代香港公务员队伍前负责人,她抵制英国在最近一份关于香港的报告中做出的结论——“香港独特的宪制架构运作良好”。

英国政府在周二表示对此事不予置评。

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