The convenor of the pan-democratic camp in Legco, Tanya Chan, has welcomed the cautious tone struck by Beijing's new top envoy to Hong Kong, Luo Huining.
Speaking on his arrival as director of the liaison office on Monday, Luo expressed confidence that the SAR could return to normal after more than seven months of protests. He also praised Hong Kong's contribution to the nation.
"At least we can see yesterday the way he used the words he used, or the way he addressed the problems, somehow it's like a new start, or at least he's trying to use a new way," Chan told RTHK's Ian Pooler on Tuesday.
"All we expect is no interference into Hong Kong matters. It is a very basic stance for all legislators from the democratic camp."
Luo, a veteran mainland official who most recently served as chief of Shanxi province, was named to head the liaison office on Friday after the dismissal of Wang Zhimin.
It's the first major staffing change announced since protests erupted in June last year, sparked by a now-withdrawn attempt to change the extradition law.