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Open letter aimed at upholding integrity of chief executive election: lawmaker Listen
DAB party legislator, Horace Cheung, says he and three other pro-establishment lawmakers have written an open letter to the Justice Secretary to follow up on comments made by Occupy Central co-founder, Benny Tai, in order to uphold the integrity of the upcoming chief executive election. Tai, who is a member of the 1,200-strong Election Committee that will select the next chief executive, has appealed to its pro-democracy members to vote for a candidate who would agree to withdraw the government's legal challenge to strip four pan-democratic lawmakers of their seats in the Legislative Council. Cheung tells Annemarie Evans that even the legal representative in the council disagrees with Tai.
Government has shown some real leadership: WWF-Hong Kong Listen
The Director of Conservation at WWF-Hong Kong, Gavin Edwards, says the government has demonstrated some real leadership by trying to end the ivory trade in Hong Kong that has been going on for more than 26 years. He also welcomed proposals to increase penalties, saying they will help act as a deterrent. The government has formally put forward a five-year plan to completely phase out the local ivory trade by 2021. The proposal has been approved by the Executive Council, and legislators will scrutinise it early next year. Edwards speaks to Jim Gould.
Sao Tome had reportedly asked Taiwan for US$200 million before severing ties Listen
Taipei-based journalist Cindy Sui says the small African state of Sao Tome and Principe had reportedly asked Taiwan for more than US$200 million. But when Taipei refused to pay, it severed ties with the island. Sao Tome’s decision leaves Taiwan with formal relations with only 21 states. The mainland, which considers Taiwan a part of its territory, said it welcomed Sao Tome back to what it called the correct path of the "One-China" principle. Sui tells Annemarie Evans that it is very important for Taiwan to maintain relations with the 21 states.