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Seating plan raises eyebrows 2016.03.08
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AN unprecedented change of seating for the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress (全國人民代表大會 ) chairman Zhang Dejiang (張德江) and Hong Kong deputies in Beijing on Sunday sparked questionson whether the central government has downgraded the SAR’s position.

At the session inside the Hong Kong Hall (香港廳) at the Great Hall of the People (人民大會堂 ), the 35 SAR deputies were arranged to sit in rows facing a table where Zhang and the head of the Hong Kong deputies, Maria Tam Wai-chu (譚惠珠), were seated next to each other.

In the past, deputies sat in a circle on sofas.

A deputy, Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai (范徐麗泰), denied that the change in the seating arrangement suggested the central government is less supportive of Hong Kong.

“This seating arrangement just means everything is returned to regular practice,” Fan said.

“Hong Kong’s position is not lowered. It is like any other municipality directly under the central government.”

Hong Kong and Macau (澳門) received special treatment only because the two SARs were handed over to China.

“The meeting has obviously changed from a guest-receiving atmosphere to a working atmosphere by changing the seating arrangement,” political commentator Johnny Lau Yui-siu (劉銳紹) said, adding the public should not over-interpret its implications.

He added that the change carries less significance than another seating arrangement in December when Chief Executive (行政長官) Leung Chun-ying (梁振英) met President Xi Jinping (習近平).

The chief executive was given a seat down the long table to the right of Xi instead of sitting side by side with the state leader as has been the practice since 1997.

(This article is published on The Student Standard on 9 March 2016)

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