China parliament chief says Hong Kong decision correct

March 8, 2015 9:40 AM

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China's parliament chief said on Sunday a ruling last year on screening candidates who want to run for election as Hong Kong's top official in 2017 was the correct one, signaling no backing down on a decision that sparked protests in the city.

China has ruled the former British colony since 1997 through a "one country, two systems" formula which allows wide-ranging autonomy and freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland and specifies universal suffrage as an eventual goal.

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