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Welcome to the Chinese Liberal Democrats

Creating a bridge between the UK Chinese community and the Liberal Democrats.

The Chinese Liberal Democrats, patrons Lord Paddy Ashdown and Sir Menzies Campbell, is an associated organisation of the Liberal Democrat Party. We exist to explore ways of reaching out to the Chinese community in the UK and to establish better understanding between the UK and China.

You can read more about our activities below, or using the links on the top right hand side of the page. Remember, we rely on people joining to really make a difference!

  • Baroness Sal Brinton with delegation of Chinese disabled activists
    Article: Oct 24, 2014

    On 22 October, Merlene Emerson, Vice-Chair of Chinese LibDems, helped to organise a talk by Liberal Democrat Peer, Baroness Sal Brinton to a delegation from China of disabled activists.

    The Chinese delegation were in the UK to understand how ordinary citizens can engage with government and participate in policy making.

    This special delegation had been hosted by The Rights Practice, an NGO that works in the area of human rights and the promotion of public participation and civic engagement in China.

  • SingTao article ALDES CLD joint fringe Oct 2014
    Article: Oct 15, 2014

    On Sunday 5 October, CLDs hosted a joint fringe event on "China Science: Threat or Opportunity for UK companies" with the Association of Liberal Democrat Engineers and Scientists (ALDES). It involved an expert panel, chaired by CLD Vice-Chair Merlene Emerson, discussing how researchers in the UK could better build productive collaborations with Chinese partners.

  • Article: Oct 9, 2014
    By Newshound in Lib Dem Voice http://www.libdemvoice.org/liblink-edward-mcmillanscott-britains-obligation-towards-hong-kong-42829.html

    Former MEP Edward McMillan-Scott, who until June was a Vice President of the European Parliament with responsibility for human rights, has written about the current situation in Hong Kong. First he sets out the context:

    On the one hand, Conservative Eurosceptics cannot wait to escape from the obligations of the post-war European Court of Human Rights (not an EU body and inspired by the UK) while on the other there is a clamour for the people of Hong Kong to enjoy precisely those rights, under an agreement we made with China, but which Beijing is now breaking.

    When it became clear last month that Beijing would rig the selection of the chief executive, Hong Kong's premier, to be held in 2017, Patten wrote in the Financial Times: "My comments are not directed principally to Beijing or Hong Kong. What a former governor can more legitimately do is to invite an interrogation of Britain's sense of honour."

    The background is that the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984 formally agreed, in accordance with the "one country, two systems" principle, that on its return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 Hong Kong would become a Special Administrative Region, ensuring that it would keep its freedoms, autonomy and, crucially, the promise of universal suffrage.

    The main grievance of the protesters on the streets is China's interpretation of Article 45 of the Basic Law governing Hong Kong, adopted in 1990. It states that "the ultimate aim is the selection of the Chief Executive by universal suffrage upon nomination by a broadly representative nominating committee in accordance with democratic procedures".

    The nature of those democratic procedures is at issue. Indeed, there has been since China's takeover a game of cat-and-mouse played by Beijing about this. In 2007, with the key pro-democracy activists in the Legislative Council - Hong Kong's legitimately-elected parliament - we published a democracy charter in response to Beijing's assertion that the colony's chief executive would not be elected in fully-free elections until 2048!

    Legislators Albert Ho, Emily Lau and Martin Lee continue to lead the protests in the streets, with increasing rancour at the failure, as they see it, of the British government to live up to its obligations.

  • Alex Ogle, AFP, Getty Images (Alex Ogle, AFP, Getty Images)
    Article: Oct 1, 2014

    The Chinese Liberal Democrats are fully supportive of the Occupy Hong Kong protests and their objective of full universal suffrage

    Chinese Liberal Democrat Treasurer Phil Ling, with family in Hong Kong, said:

    "I am extremely concerned about the recent events in Hong Kong and hope that the protests remain peaceful. I, and the Chinese Liberal Democrats, are fully supportive of the demands of Occupy Hong Kong. I would even go further and say how proud I am of the nature of the protest, which has been declared one of the politest the world has seen.

  • HK yellow ribbon
    Article: Sep 30, 2014

    Conference notes that

    1. the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984 formally agreed, in accordance with the "one country, two systems" principle, that on its return to Chinese sovereignty Hong Kong would become a Special Administrative Region ensuring that it would keep its freedoms, autonomy and an undated promise of universal suffrage.

    2. Article 45 of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China states that "The ultimate aim is the selection of the Chief Executive by universal suffrage upon nomination by a broadly representative nominating committee in accordance with democratic procedures."

  • Glasgow
    Article: Sep 7, 2014
    By Ed Long

    This autumn conference in Glasgow, Aldes is teaming up with the Chinese Liberal Democrats to run a discussion panel on the challenges and opportunities for the UK's research sector in working with - or having to compete with - the rapid growth of China's science and technology industry.

    China now invests over 1.98% of its GDP in research and development: a higher proportion than both the UK and the EU average, and is on track to hit a target of 2.5% of GDP by 2020. It also produces over 10% of all scientific papers published worldwide. Though the UK's proportional investment in R&D is lower (1.7% of GDP in 2011), we still have a high research output, especially when looking at highly-cited research papers.

  • GBCC logo
    Article: Aug 8, 2014

    Our Chinese Lib Dem Treasurer, Phil Ling, has just returned from a week long trip to China on a UK-China Young Leaders Dialogue organised by the Great Britain China Centre.

    The trip was designed for a cross party delegation of MPs, special advisors and policy experts to visit Beijing and Chongqing to bridge the gulf in understanding among politicians of both countries.

  • Philip Ling
    Article: Jul 15, 2014
    By Phil Ling @pkfling in Lib Dem Voice http://www.libdemvoice.org/opinion-the-pressures-of-being-a-parliamentary-candidate-41560.html

    It is with a sad, and heavy, heart that yesterday I heard of Sarah Yong's decision to stand down as PPC for Somerton and Frome for personal reasons. What is even sadder is that people are demanding to know the personal reasons, either because the privacy of an individual is less important than what this means to the party or to show it's not because of the party prospects. If an employee (even CEO) of an organisation stepped down for personal reasons it is normally respected and the organisation moves on.

  • Sarah Yong at LibDem Conference
    Article: Jul 14, 2014
    By Stephen Tall in Lib Dem Voice http://www.libdemvoice.org/sarah-yong-stands-down-as-lib-dem-candidate-for-marginal-seat-of-somerton-and-frome-41551.html

    It's six months since Sarah Yong was selected as the Lib Dem candidate for Somerton and Frome, held by David Heath since 1997. Today she's announced her decision to stand down. Here's the letter she's sent to her local paper, announcing the news:

    "Dear Editor,

    I just wanted to let you know that it is with great regret that I've decided to stand down from my role as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Somerton and Frome. I have made this decision for personal reasons and as a result of changes in personal circumstances.

    It's a decision I've not taken lightly, and it's one I take with a heavy heart. I would have loved to have followed in David Heath's footsteps as the MP for Somerton and Frome.

    Feel free to quote any of this email in a news story you may wish to write.

    With very best wishes,

    Sarah"

  • UK China twinned cities conference group 25 June 2014
    Article: Jul 1, 2014

    The day-conference on this important and relevant topic was jointly organised by The Asia Business Centre of the University of Nottingham (UoN) and the Chinese Liberal Democrats (CLD), with support from China Britain Business Centre (CBBC).

    CLD researchers and authors of the book "UK-China Twinned Cities: a gesture of friendship or a viable channel for trade and investment for regional cities?" * Carl Carlstedt and Chris Georgiou presented their findings of the factors needed for success in twinning between UK and Chinese cities.

Twinned Cities e-book cover

On sale now both print (£6 plus delivery) and Kindle versions of our book "UK China Twinned Cities - a friendly gesture or a viable channel for trade and investment for regional cities". Email info@chineselibdems.org.uk if you would like to purchase a hard copy or click here to buy it online.

Merlene Emerson: interview with BC Project on why it is important to vote at the next elections

Linda Chung: Lib Dem Councillor for Hampstead Town.

Anna LoAnna Lo: MLA for South Belfast for the Alliance Party (sister party to LIberal Democrats).