China punishes HK lawmaker for criticising leader

James Tien, senior member of Hong Kong's pro-business Liberal Party, seen here in 2004, has been expelled from the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)A senior Hong Kong lawmaker was expelled from a prestigious Chinese government body Wednesday, in a sign that Beijing will not tolerate dissent from loyalists over pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous city. James Tien had his “qualifications revoked” as a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the state-run China News Service said. The prominent businessman and politician had criticised Hong Kong’s embattled leader Leung Chun-ying for failing to put an end to more than a month of pro-democracy protests — an unusual move for a pro-Beijing lawmaker.

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