It was often touted on the DFI by Chinese friend that Hong Kong was a democracy! How come: 1. The core group of the Democratic Party are BANNED to visit Mainland China? 2. If there is democracy in Hong Kong, what is this 'negotiated democracy'? 3. Interestingly, CCP has divided the Democratic Party into three factions. Reminiscent of the 'Forced Assimilation' that was done throughout the Chinese history? It worked then and so it will work now also. 4. how many nominating votes a would-be candidate needs from the current 405 elected district council members (10 or 15?) and whether there should be one territory-wide constituency for these new seats, or five separate ones. Under the framework electoral resolution passed by Legco in June, nearly all Hong Kong voters can cast ballots for these five new seats. (Excluded will be the 200,000 voters from special interest groups who select 30 legislators in what are called functional constituencies.) Another five new seats will be chosen by popular vote in existing geographical constituencies, meaning that 40 of an expanded Legcoâ€™s 70 members will in effect be chosen by democratic means. Interesting form of 'democracy'! 5. 'Chosen Chief Executive'? Puppet installed from Beijing? If so, that is Democracy?