Chinese state media have blasted Hong Kong's pro-democracy opposition lawmakers for being "destroyers" of democratic development a day after they shot down Beijing's election blueprint for the British former colony.

The Chinese Communist Party's flagship newspaper published an editorial Friday deploring the vote and accusing the pro-democracy camp of being "selfish" for rejecting the government's election proposals.

The paper said "the actions of the opposition camp show they are the upsetters and destroyers of Hong Kong's democratic development process."

The Hong Kong government proposed allowing voters in the Asian financial hub to choose the city's leader for the first time in 2017 so long as candidates were vetted by a Beijing-friendly panel of elites.

Pro-democracy leaders slammed the proposal as "fake democracy." It failed win enough votes for legislative approval.