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Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 17:25

CPPCC spokesman condemns rioting

By chinadailyasia.com

CPPCC spokesman condemns rioting
Wang Guoqing, new spokesman of China's top meeting of political advisors. (Photo by Zou Hong / China D aily)

BEIJING/HONG KONG - A spokesperson for China's national political advisory body on Wednesday denounced mob violence in Hong Kong's Mong Kok that erupted during the Lunar New Year holidays last month.

"We strongly oppose the unlawful and violent tactics used by a minority of people to mess up Hong Kong and jeopardize the cooperation and exchange between the mainland and Hong Kong,” the spokesperson for the National Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Wang Guoqing, said.

About 300 people rioted in the early hours of Feb 9 in Mong Kok, one of Hong Kong's busiest shopping areas, following official attempts to remove illegal hawkers from the busy commercial neighborhood.

The rioters attacked police officers and journalists, smashed police vehicles and committed arson. Nearly 90 police officers as well as four journalists were injured.

Wang said the two special administrative regions (SARs) should concentrate on how to make use their strengths to provide for the country’s development needs in the 13th five-year plan.

Describing Hong Kong as an "open and diversified society," Wang said it was perfectly normal that people with different backgrounds would hold different views toward economic, political and social issues.

"But it is the common aspiration of all Hong Kong citizens and in the fundamental interest of the city to seek development, stability and harmony," he said.

Hong Kong's long-term stability and prosperity is an overarching mission of the "one country, two systems" principle, and an important part of the Chinese Dream, Wang said.

The “One Country, Two Systems” has been globally recognized, he said, and central authorities will steadfastly uphold its adherance to the principle, and ensure the principle’s implementation in Hong Kong.

The country’s development blueprint for 2016 to 2020, Wang said at the annual press conference on Wednesday, focuses to promote the importance of Hong Kong and Macao - another Chinese special administrative region ruled under the "one country, two systems" principle - in the country’s economic development and progress to open up.

He assured the central government will continue to support Hong Kong and Macao to take advantage of their advantages to participant in the country’s developments.

People and governments of the two regions, he said, should make concerted efforts to cement their existing advantages and explore new competitive edges, in order to meet the country’s needs with the region’s unique strengths.

He urged political advisors from Hong Kong and Macao to play their due parts in its implementation.

Though the five-year plan addresses primarily the blueprint of economy and society on the mainland, Wang assured implementation of the plan is a good news for the two SARs.

With Xinhua inputs

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