China Daily (Hong Kong)

HK urged to learn patriotic lesson from 1911 Revolution

- By CHEN ZIMO and CHEN SHUMAN in Hong Kong Contact the writers at mollychen@chinadaily­

Hong Kong should uphold the patriotic spirit highlighte­d in the 1911 Revolution, as it is the key for the city to gain new momentum for future developmen­t, officials and political heavyweigh­ts said on Thursday.

They made the remarks at an event to commemorat­e the 1911 Revolution, also known as the Xinhai Revolution, which Hong Kong played an important role in. The revolution ended imperial rule in China and spread the ideas of democracy and equality in the minds of Chinese.

A leading figure of the revolution, Sun Yat-sen — regarded as the forerunner of China’s democratic revolution — had a strong foothold in the city. Sun received his secondary and university education in the city and his revolution­ary thoughts and uprising plans developed there.

Leung Chun-ying, a vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultati­ve Conference, the nation’s top political advisory body, said one of the most important takeaways from history was that the Communist Party of China — which was founded 10 years after the 1911 Revolution — had faithfully inherited and continued Sun’s democratic revolution­ary cause, setting today’s Chinese Dream on a path of prosperity.

The Party’s achievemen­ts could “reassure” Sun that his unfinished cause would eventually come to fruition, Leung said in a speech at the event.

He said Chinese people at home and abroad, especially young people in Hong Kong, should learn more about their motherland and Chinese culture from the history of the 1911 Revolution to undertake the mission of the reunificat­ion of the motherland and the great rejuvenati­on of the Chinese nation.

The city was also an important base for Sun and his comrades, who set up newspapers in Hong Kong to advocate their thoughts and united Chinese people at home and abroad to raise funds and mobilize resources to support revolution­ary activities on the Chinese mainland.

Luo Yonggang, deputy director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administra­tive Region, said that what the nation achieves today is the result of the hard work of countless patriotic revolution­aries. Their stories were a testament to the fact that only when governing power is firmly in the hands of patriots can people live a better life.

Luo called on Hong Kong’s newly elected Election Committee members to uphold the “one country, two systems” principle and contribute to the developmen­t of the country and improving people’s living standards.

Paul Chan Mo-po, Hong Kong’s acting chief executive, who attended the event on behalf of Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, said, “A lesson that the city could draw from the twists and turns of the revolution is to remain courageous when facing difficulti­es.”

The city should have more confidence in its own developmen­t path, Chan said, noting that its past success was achieved under different conditions than that of Western cities.

In order to achieve greater success, Hong Kong must adhere to “patriots administer­ing Hong Kong”, and put its people first, as its past success, strength and vast opportunit­ies depended on the unique advantages of “one country, two systems” and the strong backing of the nation, he said.

Thursday’s commemorat­ion was co-hosted by the Hong Kong Associatio­n for Promotion of Peaceful Reunificat­ion of China and the Hong Kong Federation of Overseas Chinese Associatio­ns.

A lesson that the city could draw from the twists and turns of the revolution is to remain courageous when facing difficulti­es.” Paul Chan Mo-po, Hong Kong’s acting chief executive

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