Xi urges Hong Kong unity

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By ANB AIJIE in Lima, Peru Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping urged on Sun­day that the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion gov­ern­ment should firmly safe­guard na­tional unity and main­tain so­cial sta­bil­ity.

Xi made the re­marks af­ter hear­ing a re­port of Hong Kong’s re­cent sit­u­a­tion and the work of the Hong Kong SAR gov­ern­ment, made by the HK Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Le­ung Chun-ying, on the side­lines of the APEC Eco­nomic Lead­ers Meet­ing in Lima, Peru.

The cen­tral gov­ern­ment fully rec­og­nizes the work of Le­ung and the SAR gov­ern­ment, Xi said, adding that Le­ung should lead the ad­min­is­tra­tive team to con­tinue mak­ing com­pre­hen­sive mea­sures and widely gath­er­ing so­cial con­sen­suses.

Xi also urged Le­ung to fo­cus on eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

On Tues­day, Hong Kong’s High Court ruled that two leg­is­la­tors-elect, who used lan­guage in­sult­ing the Chi­nese na­tion while tak­ing their oaths, must be dis­qual­i­fied as law­mak­ers.

The two leg­is­la­tors-elect, Le­ung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching, used deroga­tory lan­guage in­sult­ing the Chi­nese na­tion when read­ing out their oaths at a swear­ing-in cer­e­mony last month. They also dis­played ban­ners pro­claim­ing “Hong Kong is Not China.”

Their ac­tions led the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress Stand­ing Com­mit­tee, to is­sue an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Ar­ti­cle 104 of the Ba­sic Law of Hong Kong SAR.

“If Hong Kong in­de­pen­dence re­marks are left unchecked, the author­ity and cred­i­bil­ity of Hong Kong’s Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil will be dam­aged and Hong Kong so­ci­ety and the im­me­di­ate in­ter­ests of Hong Kong cit­i­zens will be jeop­ar­dized,” said Rao Geping, a law pro­fes­sor at Pek­ing Univer­sity.

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