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Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 01:37

Zhang: HK must safeguard nation’s interests

By Luis Liu

HONG KONG - Everyone in Hong Kong must safeguard the interests of the nation and of the SAR while always respecting the constitutional fundamentals of the city, Beijing’s top envoy in Hong Kong said on Tuesday.

Zhang Xiaoming , director of the Central People’s Government's Liaison Office in the Hong Kong SAR, was speaking at the decennial ceremony of the establishment of Hong Kong CPPCC (Provincial) Members Association.

Everyone in Hong Kong must respect the constitutional fundamentals of the city, Beijing’s top envoy in the SAR said

Zhang also stressed that the recent “despicable behavior” by certain lawmakers in Hong Kong had clearly crossed a line. Such conduct was inexcusable.

The comments by Zhang came after two disgraced lawmakers-elect Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Leung Chung-hang resorted to extremely insulting words and conduct during their swearing-in ceremony three weeks ago.

Zhang said all sectors in the SAR, including political and social organizations, should interpret and implement the “One Country, Two Systems” principle comprehensively and accurately. Everyone should also respect and uphold the city’s Basic Law.

The Basic Law enjoys supreme status in Hong Kong’s legal system and is closely implemented and followed by the city’s executive, legislature and judiciary, Zhang said.

He admitted that implementation of “One Country, Two Systems” might have encountered some temporary problems. But Zhang added that no one could deny the overall success of this unique political arrangement.

“People must stand firm on the bottom line in terms of fundamentals such as national security and sovereignty issues,” Zhang said.

He also said the behavior by the two legislators-elect was not just a stunt. It had violated the country’s constitution, Hong Kong’s Basic Law and relevant local laws. Zhang noted that such behavior had also greatly offended Chinese people all over the world.

Any form of pro-independence advocacy or activities in the SAR should be punished in accordance with the law, Zhang stressed.

Since the oath-taking scandal, more than a million people in Hong Kong have participated in an online signature campaign against the disgraced lawmakers-elect.

Legislative Council President Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen issued letters on Tuesday to the two disgraced lawmakers, which stated that he will not administer their oaths in the LegCo meeting today (Wednesday).
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