It is time for HK’s ‘ lo­cal­ists’ to aban­don their delu­sions

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT -

When Hong Kong cel­e­brated the 20th an­niver­sary of its re­turn to China ear­lier this month, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping was also here to of­fi­ci­ate at the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony of the spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gion’s new chief ex­ec­u­tive.

“Lo­cal­ists”, true to form, were also busy be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the pres­i­dent’s visit. It was ob­vi­ous that while they ben­e­fit from the SAR’s con­tin­u­ing free­dom, democ­racy and rule of law un­der the “two sys­tems” they have no hes­i­ta­tion in turn­ing a blind eye to the supremacy of the “one coun­try” when it suits them.

These ac­tivists need to be re­minded that with­out the in­tro­duc­tion of the vi­sion­ary “one coun­try, two sys­tems” pol­icy by the late para­mount leader Deng Xiaop­ing, who knows what Hong Kong would have been like over the last 20 years?

While many ci­ti­zens were hav­ing an en­joy­able time with cel­e­bra­tions or­ga­nized through­out the SAR, a lot of pro-lo­cal­ism ac­tivists were busy ex­press­ing their big­oted, de­luded views fre­quently via the world’s me­dia. They do this with­out any hes­i­ta­tion or shame! No doubt they have only one goal and that is to den­i­grate what the SAR has achieved over the last 20 years. They have very bi­ased views about the Chi­nese main­land; they also have a ten­dency to mis­in­ter­pret its his­tory. Of course, they want other peo­ple to ac­cept only their def­i­ni­tion of “democ­racy”. Their per­sonal and po­lit­i­cal ob­jec­tions to Hong Kong’s cur­rent sit­u­a­tion are ob­vi­ous for ev­ery­one to see. Over the years, they have al­ways claimed the demo­cratic and moral high ground. And they are ruth- The au­thor is direc­tor of the Chi­nese in Bri­tain Fo­rum. He was the first ever Chi­nese Bri­tish cit­i­zen to be elected mayor of the Greater Lon­don Bor­ough of Red­bridge (2009-2010) and served as a mem­ber of the city coun­cil for over 10 years. less to any­one who op­poses their own twisted views. More­over, these peo­ple are al­ways on the at­tack. But hyp­o­crit­i­cally, these ac­tivists ig­nore the demo­cratic rights and free­doms of their op­po­nents.

For some of them, be­hav­ing this way is more about car­ry­ing out a per­sonal ven­detta than hav­ing ra­tio­nal po­lit­i­cal dis­cus­sions. With some of them, it is pretty ob­vi­ous they are be­ing ma­nip­u­lated. Their non­sen­si­cal pro­nounce­ments are to­tally un­rea­son­able; they are clearly pup­pets con­trolled by forces both lo­cal and over­seas. Their mo­tive is to pro­mote de­cep­tive lies about Hong Kong. They are try­ing to paint a “doom and gloom” pic­ture of the SAR to in­flu­ence pub­lic opinion. They are also try­ing to in­flu­ence the world’s me­dia with a dis­torted in­ter­pre­ta­tion of events. They even go as far as pro­mot­ing il­le­gal, im­prac­ti­cal de­mands for the SAR. These in­clude aban­don­ing the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” prin­ci­ple. They of­fer ex­treme and delu­sional pro­pos­als. These in­clude that Hong Kong should con­sider re­turn­ing to colo­nial rule un­der Bri­tain or that the SAR con­tin­ues to en­joy “two sys­tems” with­out ad­her­ing to “one coun­try”. Some even ad­vo­cate turn­ing the SAR into a to­tally in­de­pen­dent po­lit­i­cal en­tity!

Xi, in his speech, stressed the im­por­tance of ev­ery­one in Hong Kong re­spect­ing the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” prin­ci­ple. He also stressed that “mak­ing ev­ery­thing po­lit­i­cal or de­lib­er­ately cre­at­ing dif­fer­ences will se­verely hin­der Hong Kong’s eco­nomic and so­cial devel­op­ment”. One hopes these lo­cal­ism ac­tivists fi­nally re­al­ize that mak­ing all de­bates “po­lit­i­cal” only dam­ages Hong Kong’s fu­ture sta­bil­ity and pros­per­ity. It will also hurt the longterm prospects of its ci­ti­zens.

There is a Chi­nese say­ing which can be roughly trans­lated to “seek com­mon ground while re­serv­ing dif­fer­ences”. This should be the maxim for ev­ery­one who wants a bet­ter and more har­mo­nious fu­ture for Hong Kong.

There is a Chi­nese say­ing which can be roughly trans­lated to “seek com­mon ground while re­serv­ing dif­fer­ences”. This should be the maxim for ev­ery­one who wants a bet­ter and more har­mo­nious fu­ture for Hong Kong.

@_ANDYCHONG / IN­STA­GRAM

A worker un­der­takes tree main­te­nance by spray­ing in­sec­ti­cide out­side Olympian City in Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon.

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