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Anson Chan, former chief secretary, Hong Kong special administrative region

Former chief secretary: China can test democracy on Hong Kong

Anson Chan rules out independence for former British colony

DEBBY WU, Nikkei staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Anson Chan Fong On-sang, former Hong Kong chief secretary under British rule, said Tuesday China can use the territory as a testing ground for democracy and that Beijing must not meddle too much in its affairs to ensure stability and prosperity.

"We've always been a testing ground. For example, we've been a testing ground for China in experimenting with financial reforms," Chan told Nikkei Asian Review on the sidelines of the annual Asia Future conference hosted by The Nikkei.

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