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Beijing envoy, Hong Kong lawmakers talk on reform

‘TIME TO CHANGE’:The head of Beijing’s Liaison Office became the first Chinese official to formally attend the legislature amid protests over universal suffrage reform

AFP, HONG KONG

“This is particularly true especially when relations between lawmakers and the government have been quite hostile for the past two years,” he added.

Political analyst James Sung (宋立功) said the meeting appeared to be a low-key gesture by Beijing to show it was willing to engage the pro-democracy camp.

“In China, usually officials would invite people to lunch or dinner to build relations. Doing it over a meal is more natural in a sense because it avoids too much formality,” he said.

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