Pan-democrat lawmakers have decided to form a new body to communicate with Beijing following an internal meeting on Friday.

The Beijing Liaison Group will be a platform for the pro-democracy camp to exchange news and discuss issues relating to the mainland government’s role in Hong Kong.

Civic Party lawmaker Dennis Kwok Wing-hang will be the convenor. Other core members include Democratic Party chair Emily Lau Wai-hing, the Labour Party’s Cyd Ho Sau-lan and education sector lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen.

All pan-democrat lawmakers except Gary Fan Kwok-wai of Neo Democrats have joined the new group.

Kwok said that the platform does not “bind all pan-democrats to make decisions together”.

“We respect every lawmaker – they can make their own decisions as to whether to communicate with Beijing,” he added.

Dennis Kwok, Cyd Ho, Emily Lau, Ip Kin-yuen
Dennis Kwok, Cyd Ho, Emily Lau, Ip Kin-yuen. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Apple Daily, Ip Kin-yuen.

Ho said that she hoped lawmakers would respect the agreement and notify the group before communicating with Beijing.

In August, key members of the Democratic Party met with a top Beijing official in charge of Hong Kong affairs – a move that has triggered a backlash within the party. The party’s own central committee and other pan-democrat lawmakers were only informed of the meeting after it had taken place.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.