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Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 08:59

‘Occupy’ challenges Beijing’s authority

By Kahon Chan in Hong Kong

The illegal assembly by “Occupy” supporters in Hong Kong violated the “One Country” principle, challenged Beijing’s authority and disregarded the Basic Law, said Zhang Xiaoming, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR.

‘Occupy’ challenges Beijing’s authorityZhang made the remarks when addressing pro-establishment lawmakers at a dinner hosted by the liaison office on Tuesday. He also made it clear that the central government was deeply concerned about the situation in Hong Kong.

The debate over Hong Kong’s constitutional reform, Zhang said, has focused on three questions — whether to respect the “One Country” principle, the central government’s jurisdiction over Hong Kong and the constitutional status of the Basic Law.

Citing a speech by President Xi Jinping, Zhang said the “One Country” must be addressed together with “Two Systems”. Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy cannot be an excuse to ignore or even reject Beijing’s jurisdiction over the city.

The people of Hong Kong have many lawful options for expressing their views, he said. But the “Occupy” campaign has chosen to follow the model of a “color revolution”. It was attempting to threaten the central government with a series of radical, unlawful acts.

Not only are the blockades unlawful under Hong Kong law, Zhang said, but the campaign was also a “serious socio-political event”. It had violated the “One Country” principle, challenged the authority of the central government and undermined the Basic Law.

Apart from the economic losses — counted in the billions, Zhang noted that the demonstrations have also jeopardized the foundation of the rule of law, the democratic development and the social harmony of Hong Kong, as well as the relationship between Hong Kong and the mainland.

To spare the people of Hong Kong from paying a higher cost, Zhang called for an end to the “Occupy” protests as soon as possible.

He urged lawmakers to support the “One Country, Two Systems” policy, support the SAR government under Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. They should also uphold the rule of law and ensure the Legislative Council operates normally, added Zhang.


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