British Consulate-General Hong Kong
18 April 2012
Hong Kong Autonomy Movement
Thank you for letter of 31 March to the British Consulate-General.
The UK Government continue to take our political, legal and moral obligations to the people of Hong Kong Administrative Region (SAR), which derive from the Joint Declaration, very seriously. We are committed to supporting the continued stablity and prosperity of Hong Kong SAR and the preservation of its freedoms and way of life.
The Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary both raised universal suffrage for elections i 2017 and 2020 with the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SaR Government, Donald Tsang, during his visit to the UK in September 2011. UK Ministers regularly raise the issue with the SAR government during their visits to Hong Kong. In 2010, the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Jeremy Browne, issued a public statement welcoming the agreements reached on constitutional development. Following the recent Chief Executive elections, I issued a press statement in which I raised full univeral suffrage for the election of the Chief Executive in 2017 and the Legislative Council in 2020. We also raise the issue with the Chinese government at official level at appropriate opportunites.
As you are aware, the Foreign Secretary presents a report to Parliament every six months, which can be accessed at http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/publications-and-documents/publications1/annual-reports/hong-kong1, in which we report and comment on developments in Hong Kong SAR. In the latest Six-Monthly Report on Hong Kong, the Foreign Secretary stated that the best way of guaranteeing Hong Kong SAR's rights and freedoms is for Hong Kong to move to a system of full univeral suffrage. We and other members of the international community will continue to follow closely progress towards this goal.