We are dismayed by the misrepresentations and the inaccurate claims made by 39 pro-Beijing legislators in a joint statement on 15 June. In condemning our recent visit to Taiwan, their allegations are inconsistent with the reality, especially the idea that the meeting endangered Hong Kong people's well-being by encouraging Hong Kong and Taiwan independence.
The Taiwan Congressional Hong Kong Caucus (hereafter the Caucus) is formed by the Legislative Yuan of Taiwan, comprising the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the New Power Party. The Caucus is a platform to facilitate legitimate parliamentary exchange -- a norm in international political landscape. Foreign politicians also often come to Hong Kong for the same purpose. Moreover, the platform does not look into sovereignty issues.
The pro-Beijing lawmakers ought to step out from their delusion which is lacking in factual evidence, and perhaps review the fragility of patriotic rhetoric if they feel that such normal exchanges can threaten them. It is believed that these attempts are only made to distract the public from the business in the Legislative Council, including the UGL inquiry and the controversy of various public works.
17 June 2017