Tung calls for better understanding of nation
Vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Tung Chee-hwa urged Hong Kong people to improve their understanding of the nation’s concept of good governance.
He also advised them to recognize the Chinese mainland’s many achievements in recent decades.
Tung said understanding these achievements in terms of improving governance and economic growth would benefit Hong Kong’s development. People in Hong Kong needed to appreciate its integration with the mainland and how this could solve problems facing the SAR.
Tung, a former chief execu- tive of Hong Kong, made the remarks on Monday at a forum hosted by Our Hong Kong Foundation — a local think tank founded and chaired by Tung.
He said Hong Kong’s future development and prosperity is closely linked with that of the country. People in the city, therefore, had good reasons to learn more about this, advised Tung.
Through such understanding, Hong Kong people will realize that “One Country, Two Systems” is the best arrangement for both the mainland and Hong Kong.
Tung stressed that this policy had served the SAR very well. It, therefore, deserved unequivocal support to safeguard its implementation.
The “One Country, Two Systems” policy is a unique style of governance embraced by China. It also reflected the country’s confidence, magnanimity and vision. It had preserved the way of life of Hong Kong people and provided a peaceful way to resolve sovereignty issues between China and Britain, Tung noted.
He said there were many ways to measure the success of a style of governance. But the main factor was the good it could bring to the country and its people. This would ultimately help them pursue a better way of life, Tung explained.
Comparing China and India, he noted that the two countries both began economic reforms in the 1980s. But they had done this under two different political systems — as India had adopted Western democracy. Today, China had surpassed India in economic development, with an annual GDP per capita standing at five times that of India’s.
But comparing China and India was not meant to be a denigration of the virtues of democracy, Tung stressed.
He added that claiming that democracy is mainly about contentious elections was also misguided. When a single-minded insistence on competition politicizes everything and when people’s national identity is weak, such elections can divide people. Then, social conflict could intensify and do a lot of harm, he explained.
The forum, themed “China Today, Its Political System and Modern Development”, is one of a series of talks on the nation’s achievements.