High Tide (November 8th 2015) – Daily political round up

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1992 Consensus reaffirmed at Xi-Ma summit; Tipped ITB head prefers “practical matters”; 9500 join annual Pride Parade.

Photo: Chris Lusher


Government & LegCo

Tipped Secretary for Innovation and Technology puts “practical matters” over politics
– The widely tipped head for the new Innovation and Technology Bureau Nicholas Yang declined to confirm the speculation, asking the media to await the government’s appointment upon endorsement from Beijing
– When asked to comment on Finance Committee chairman Chan Kin-por’s move to curb the filibuster on ITB funding, Yang said he didn’t “usually talk about politics” and preferred focusing on “practical matters” instead
– The official establishment of the ITB is expected to come on November 20

Department of Justice files new charges against 17 acquitted Occupy protesters
– The Department of Justice lodged fresh summonses against 17 Occupy activists who were arrested during the clearance work on November 25 last year and were recently discharged from court
– The High Court ruled in early September that the department failed to issue relevant documents in accordance to procedural requirements
– A court hearing will be held on Monday

Politics (General)

66 scholars proposes HKD100bn universal pension scheme
– Sixty-six scholars from Hong Kong’s higher education institutions signed in support of a new proposal on the universal pension scheme which they argued will be sustainable beyond 2064
– The group proposed a HKD100bn government pool funded by existing social protection schemes, half of employer and employee contributions to the MPF, and surplus revenue from an additiona; profit tax of 1.9% on corporations with annual profits of HKD10m or above
– Every elderly people will receive a monthly pension of HKD3,500 and it was projected that the scheme will still have HKD54.8bn left in 2064

9,500 join annual gay pride parade, including top diplomats in Hong Kong
– A total of 9,500 joined the city’s seventh annual Pride Parade in support of LGBT rights, according to the event organisers
– Among the participants were Equal Opportunities Commission chairperson Dr York Chow Yat-ngok, lawmakers ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung of LSD and Raymond Chan Chi-chuen of People Power, and top diplomats from 10 countries, including the US, the UK, France, as well as from the EU office in Hong Kong
– Chow spoke against “politics getting involved in church beliefs” amid Cardinal John Tong Hon’s call to reject district council election candidates who backed legislation of the Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance
– The organisers said the number of participants was record high while that of organisations and political parties taking part dropped from more than 100 to about 60 and from 10 to 3 (Democratic Party, LSD, People Power) respectively

Outgoing HKU Council chairman calls urgent meeting for next Thursday
– Outgoing University of Hong Kong Council chairman Edward Leong made hisfinal call to hold a special council meeting on next Thursday to “consider the arrangements for the council business until a new council chairman is appointed”
– The council will also receive a report on the university’s recent court injunction during the meeting

China & World

1992 Consensus reasserted in ‘historic’ Xi-Ma summit
– The leaders of China and Taiwan met for the first time since 1945 – when the PRC was not even proclaimed – as Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou co-chaired ahistoric summit in Singapore, which has long acted as the middleman between the two states
– Xi told his Taiwanese counterpart in brief public remarks before progressing to a closed-door meeting, “Nothing can separate us…We are brothers who are still connected by our flesh even if our bones are broken.”
– The two sides agreed to continue to uphold the “1992 Consensus”, which stresses the ‘One China Principle’ upon respective interpretation by the sides, and to set up a cross-strait hotline – as well as to split the bill for dinner at a high-end Cantonese restaurant