Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam 'never tendered resignation to Beijing'

Wednesday, 04 Sep, 2019

CHANG: So I understand that you spent most of today on a university campus. They know this will ripple on. So we are going for a modest, but solemn type of celebrations on the 1st of October, which means that they and ourselves have no expectations that we could clear up this thing before the 1st of October.

'I do have a solution, that is a political one'.

She explained at the time that her "political room for maneuvering is very, very, very limited" under a system that requires her to answer to both local residents and Chinese leaders in Beijing. "I have not even contemplated to discuss a resignation. the choice of not resigning was my own choice", Lam said when asked why Beijing refused to let her quit.

"If I had a choice, the first thing (I would do) is to quit (after) having made a deep apology", she said in English-language remarks. Claudia Mo is convenor of the pan-democrats, which represents layers of the Hong Kong corporate elite that are concerned that Beijing's intrusion will impact on their economic interests but are hostile to any movement of the working class. Sixtus Baggio, who was a leader in the 2014 protest movement demanding universal suffrage, is an advocate of Hong Kong separatism.

"The widening gap between H and A shares is a result of worsened investment sentiment in Hong Kong", said Daniel So, strategist at CMB International, adding that mainland stocks were being driven higher by expectations that Beijing could announce further support for domestic consumption.

The 62-year-old's feedback in personal seem considerably softer than what she has stated in public in regards to the protests.

Hong Kong lawmaker Eddie Chu urged Taiwan authorities to come up with "humanitarian mechanisms" to take in demonstrators from the city, after hundreds of arrests since the protests began.

China's foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, spoke out yesterday calling the demonstrations in Hong Kong 'past the scope of freedom of assembly'.

She did, however, express hope in the city's ultimate "resurrection".

The transcript of a talk given last week by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam to a group of businesspeople in the city was earlier released. One also notes that the children of many Chinese political or economic elites are sent to study overseas in the United States or other countries; yet the political contradictions of this run so deep that no less than Chinese president Xi Jinping's daughter, Xi Mingze, studied at Harvard University.

The demonstrations have almost ground everyday life in the Asian financial hub to a halt, with protesters disrupting activities at the city's subway system and airport.

As the increasingly violent protests carry on, Beijing has stepped up its propaganda attacks on protesters and made vague threats of potential military action.

Planes were taking off and landing with delays, but some passengers were forced to walk the last bit of their journey to the airport by foot, dragging their luggage behind them. Some then targeted the MTR subway station in nearby Tung Chung, ripping out turnstiles and smashing CCTV cameras, glass panels and lamps with metal poles.

Hong Kong' flagship carrier Cathay Pacific has warned staff they risk being sacked if they joined Monday's strike after the last walkout was supported by the airline's flight attendant union. That strike paralysed much of the city's transport system including the rail system and the airport where more than 150 flights were cancelled.

Late at night Saturday, video from Hong Kong broadcaster TVB showed police on the platform of Prince Edward subway station swinging batons at passengers who backed into one end of a train vehicle behind umbrellas.