‘Zero room, zero tol­er­ance’ to ‘HK in­de­pen­dence’: Top li­ai­son of­fi­cial

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By LUIS LIU and ZHANG YAN in Hong Kong

“Hong Kong in­de­pen­dence” has “zero room” in China and even else­where in the world, the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s new li­ai­son chief in Hong Kong said on Fri­day.

Wang Zhimin, newly ap­pointed di­rec­tor of the Li­ai­son Of­fice of the Cen­tral Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment in the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion, was speak­ing at a Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tion re­cep­tion held by the city’s me­dia.

He said all Chi­nese peo­ple in­clud­ing Hong Kong res­i­dents had “zero tol­er­ance” to ad­vo­cacy of such ideas.

This is the first time that Wang has spo­ken to a so­cial event in Hong Kong after as­sum­ing of­fice.

Wang said sep­a­ratism se­ri­ously vi­o­lates the laws, since the very first ar­ti­cle of the Ba­sic Law stip­u­lates that the Hong Kong SAR is an in­alien­able part of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China. Vi­o­lat­ing the first ar­ti­cle means vi­o­lat­ing all 160 ar­ti­cles, he said.

He also said in­de­pen­dence is “im­pos­si­ble” as there is “zero room” for Hong Kong in­de­pen­dence seek­ers on the coun­try’s 9.6-mil­lion squarek­ilo­me­ters land and other places in the world.

“All Chi­nese peo­ple in­clud­ing over 7 mil­lion Hong Kong peo­ple have ‘zero tol­er­ance’ to the ‘Hong Kong in­de­pen­dence’ no­tion,” he said.

He vowed to fully im­ple­ment the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” prin­ci­ples in Hong Kong, as Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping stressed, “without them be­ing twisted or dis­torted”.

Wang ex­pressed his faith in the peo­ple of Hong Kong and con­fi­dence in the city’s bright fu­ture.

After some po­lit­i­cal tur­bu­lence over the past years, peo­ple to­day have a deeper and fuller un­der­stand­ing of “one coun­try, two sys­tems”, Wang noted. Hong Kong is em­brac­ing promis­ing new changes un­der Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor.

“Lov­ing the coun­try as well as the Hong Kong SAR, pur­su­ing har­mony in demo­cratic ways, car­ing for sta­bil­ity and for progress, will be­come the prime theme of the sym­phony ti­tled ‘Hong Kong De­vel­op­ment’,” Wang said.

He stressed that in fu­ture he would con­tinue to com­mu­ni­cate with peo­ple from all walks of life, which is one of the Li­ai­son Of­fice’s job in Hong Kong.

Wang, oc­ca­sion­ally sprin­kling his speech with Can­tonese, said Hong Kong is his sec­ond home. He re­called his com­ing to work here in 1992 and 2006 which en­riched his per­sonal af­fec­tion for the SAR.

PARKER ZHENG / CHINA DAILY

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Wang Zhimin (cen­ter right), di­rec­tor of the Li­ai­son Of­fice of the Cen­tral Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment in the Hong Kong SAR, and Xie Feng (left), com­mis­sioner of the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs in the HKSAR, pro­pose a toast dur­ing a cock­tail party cel­e­brat­ing the 68th an­niver­sary of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China in Ad­mi­ralty on Fri­day.

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