China to hint at full HK democracy by 2017 – Reuters

From Reuters, via ABCNews.com:

2005-12-07T125935Z 01 Nootr Rtridsp 1 International-Hongkong-China-Democracy-DcBeijing is likely to hint at the possibility of giving full democracy to Hong Kong by 2017 to win over pro-democracy lawmakers opposed to the city government’s election reform proposals, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Citing an unidentified source close to Beijing, the South China Morning Post said the hint would be delivered by a Chinese state leader in a vaguely worded statement…

The report that Beijing was planning the rare overture comes after tens of thousands marched in Hong Kong on Sunday demanding a timetable for direct elections.

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