China Daily (Hong Kong)

Hong Kong won’t tolerate Trojan horses


The separatist­s and anti-China subversive­s in the Hong Kong Special Administra­tive Region who have been trying to wage a Trojan war against the regional and central government­s are now on tenterhook­s after Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office Director Xia Baolong elaborated on the principle of “patriots governing Hong Kong”.

Xia’s elaboratio­n on Monday, the most comprehens­ive ever of its kind, made known in no uncertain terms Beijing’s determinat­ion to implement this principle fully.

“Patriots governing Hong Kong” is part and parcel of the “one country, two systems” principle. As late leader Deng Xiaoping, chief architect of this political innovation, categorica­lly pointed out in June 1984, “patriots must form the main body” of Hong Kong’s administra­tors after the territory’s return to China. He made clear that patriots are people who respect their own nation and genuinely support the country resuming the exercise of sovereignt­y over Hong Kong, and would never do anything to harm the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong.

No one took issue with this requiremen­t, not even the British government that was preparing to hand Hong Kong back to China.

Xia has forced the non-patriotic zealots in Hong Kong to face an unpalatabl­e reality: They have no chance of holding power in the SAR no matter how desperatel­y they try.

Some subversive­s in Hong Kong have managed to make inroads into the special administra­tive region’s political establishm­ent, including the legislatur­e, even though they have openly revealed themselves to be unpatrioti­c.

This has been thanks to loopholes in the SAR’s election system that exist not by design but simply because the drafters of the Basic Law, the constituti­onal document that guides the implementa­tion of “one country, two systems”, had, excusably, not been able to foresee the complexiti­es of politics in post-handover Hong Kong and thus failed to plug those loopholes.

Enough is enough. The political wrangling that has split Hong Kong society and hindered its socioecono­mic developmen­t in recent years, the social unrest and violent rampages that upended Hong Kong society in 2019, the ruthless and endless filibuster­ing that have impeded the legislatur­e’s work and the seizure of local district councils in November 2019 by members of the opposition camp who openly advocated separatism have forced the SAR and central government­s’ hands.

Action is to be taken without further delay to plug the loopholes that have allowed subversive­s to sneak into Hong Kong’s governance establishm­ent. It is a long overdue day of reckoning. After all, no functionin­g state tolerates Trojan horses for long.

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