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Thursday, January 12, 2017, 00:41

Next CE must stand firm against separatism

By Luis Liu

HONG KONG - The next Hong Kong Chief Executive should stand firm against separatism and safeguard the principle of “One Country, Two Systems”, lawmakers said on Wednesday.

The SAR’s next leader should also work to build a consensus in society, address livelihood issues and promote innovation and technology, lawmakers added.

They were discussing a Legislative Council motion on the next leader of the SAR who is going to be elected in March.

The discussion comes more than a week after the head of the nation’s top Hong Kong affairs authority and the central government’s chief liaison official in the city expressed their hopes for the next leader of Hong Kong.

Legislator and Chairwoman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) Starry Lee Wai-king said separatism will jeopardize national security and eventually undermine diversity and inclusiveness of Hong Kong.

Describing the city as a polarized place in recent years, Lee urged the next CE to listen to and communicate with people from all sectors — especially young people.

She hoped by pushing forward economic development the CE should offer them more opportunities to climb the social ladder.

Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions legislator Aron Kwok Wai-keung urged the city’s next leader to prioritize livelihood issues, including housing and pensions.

He also called for a more diversified industrial structure to give people more choices for personal development. Kwok added that innovation and technology should be the new growth engine.

In an interview published earlier this month in a local magazine, Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council Wang Guangya said the next CE has to earn the trust of the central government and the support of Hong Kong people.

Wang said the CE should present Hong Kong’s situation to the central government comprehensively, accurately and objectively. The next CE should also implement the central government’s policies in a manner in accordance with Hong Kong’s actual situation.

Wang stressed the CE must faithfully implement the “One Country, Two Systems” principle and the Basic Law.

“Under the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy, there is no room for separatism in Hong Kong,” Wang said. “Anyone elected to public office must stand firm on the bottom line,” he cautioned.

Wang also called on Hong Kong’s future head of government to strive to lead the city forward and enhance the well-being of Hong Kong people.

Also in early January, Zhang Xiaoming, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, said Beijing will not allow anyone in Hong Kong to harm national security or use the city as a base for subverting political and social stability.

Zhang appealed to everyone in Hong Kong to uphold the rule of law and stand firm against the rise of separatism.
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