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Friday, April 22, 2016, 18:02

'Beijing concerned about HK separatism'


'Beijing concerned about HK separatism'
Hong Kong SAR's Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Raymond Tam (left), meets with the Deputy Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council, Wang Zhimin, in Beijing on April 22, 2016. (GIS photo)

HONG KONG - The central government is concerned that pro-independence campaigns in Hong Kong could "worsen or spread", Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen said in Beijing.

Tam was speaking to Hong Kong media after a visit with Wang Zhimin, deputy director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, to brief him about the current social situation in the SAR.

Tam reiterated that the Hong Kong government does not agree with "any act or remark" that seeks to damage the "One Country, Two Systems" principle. He believed that the best way to handle such issues is simply to implement the framework well.

"The central and local governments both believe that 'One Country, Two Systems' is the best framework for the overall long-term interests of Hong Kong," Tam said.

During his weeklong trip on the mainland, Tam visited Shanghai and Shandong province. He will also visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Development and Reform Commission as well as dine with Hong Kong students in Beijing, before returning home on April 23.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong’s sole statutory advisory body representing interests of indigenous inhabitants in the New Territories, the Heung Yee Kuk (HYK), released a full-page statement in a local Chinese-language newspaper outlining its firm attitude against Hong Kong independence. The statement said HYK disagrees with any advocacy or action that aims to damage China’s sovereignty, adding that such behavior would greatly hurt the prosperity, stability and fundamental interests of Hong Kong.

It also traced China’s sovereignty over Hong Kong back to the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), when it belonged to Panyu county according to historical documents. Hong Kong first appeared in the official local government record during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), in which it was named under the then Dongguan county. Such records proved the inseparable connection between Hong Kong and the country, the HYK said.

In the statement, the Kuk urged the Hong Kong government to strictly enforce the law against independence advocates.

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