CE must stand firm against sep­a­ratism

Lawmakers dis­cuss qual­i­ties HK’s next leader should pos­sess

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By LUIS LIU in Hong Kong luis­liu@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

The next Hong Kong Chief Ex­ec­u­tive should stand firm against sep­a­ratism and safe­guard the prin­ci­ple of “One Coun­try, Two Sys­tems”, lawmakers said on Wed­nes­day.

The SAR’s next leader should also work to build a con­sen­sus in so­ci­ety, ad­dress liveli­hood is­sues and pro­mote innovation and tech­nol­ogy, lawmakers added.

They were dis­cussing a Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil mo­tion on the next leader of the SAR who is go­ing to be elected in March.

The dis­cus­sion comes more than a week af­ter the head of the nation’s top Hong Kong af­fairs au­thor­ity and the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s chief li­ai­son of­fi­cial in the city ex­pressed their hopes for the next leader of Hong Kong.

Leg­is­la­tor and Chair­woman of the Demo­cratic Al­liance for the Bet­ter­ment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) Starry Lee Wai-king said sep­a­ratism will jeop­ar­dize na­tional se­cu­rity and even­tu­ally un­der­mine di­ver­sity and in­clu­sive­ness of Hong Kong.

De­scrib­ing the city as a po­lar­ized place in re­cent years, Lee urged the next CE to lis­ten to and com­mu­ni­cate with peo­ple from all sec­tors — es­pe­cially young peo­ple.

She hoped by push­ing for­ward eco­nomic devel­op­ment the CE should of­fer them more op­por­tu­ni­ties to climb the so­cial lad­der.

Hong Kong Fed­er­a­tion of Trade Unions leg­is­la­tor Aron Kwok Wai-ke­ung urged the city’s next leader to pri­or­i­tize liveli­hood is­sues, in­clud­ing hous­ing and pen­sions.

He also called for a more diver­si­fied in­dus­trial struc­ture to give peo­ple more choices for per­sonal devel­op­ment. Kwok added that innovation and tech­nol­ogy should be the new growth en­gine.

In an in­ter­view pub­lished ear­lier this month in a lo­cal mag­a­zine, Direc­tor of the Hong Kong and Ma­cao Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil Wang Guangya said the next CE has to earn the trust of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment and the sup­port of Hong Kong peo­ple.

Wang said the CE should present Hong Kong’s sit­u­a­tion to the cen­tral gov­ern­ment com­pre­hen­sively, ac­cu­rately and ob­jec­tively. The next CE should also im­ple­ment the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s poli­cies in a man­ner in ac­cor­dance with Hong Kong’s ac­tual sit­u­a­tion.

Wang stressed the CE must faith­fully im­ple­ment the “One Coun­try, Two Sys­tems” prin­ci­ple and the Ba­sic Law.

“Un­der the ‘ One Coun­try, Two Sys­tems’ pol­icy, there is no room for sep­a­ratism in Hong Kong,” Wang said. “Any­one elected to pub­lic of­fice must stand firm on the bot­tom line,” he cau­tioned.

Wang also called on Hong Kong’s fu­ture head of gov­ern­ment to strive to lead the city for­ward and en­hance the well-be­ing of Hong Kong peo­ple.

Also in early Jan­uary, Zhang Xiaom­ing, direc­tor of the Li­ai­son Of­fice of the Cen­tral Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment in the HKSAR, said Bei­jing will not al­low any­one in Hong Kong to harm na­tional se­cu­rity or use the city as a base for sub­vert­ing po­lit­i­cal and so­cial sta­bil­ity.

Zhang ap­pealed to ev­ery­one in Hong Kong to up­hold the rule of law and stand firm against the rise of sep­a­ratism.

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