CPPCC urges HK not to fret about words

Local | Phoenix Un 9 Mar 2018

The top Chinese advisory body has proposed to change its charter to include the terms "one country, two systems" and Hongkongers administering Hong Kong.

This first amendment to the charter since 2004 will include changes about Hong Kong, as well as an emphasis on President Xi Jinping's thoughts.

Public concerns have been raised that both work reports - by the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference chairman Yu Zhengshen, and Premier Li Keqiang - omitting those terms could allow Beijing to slowly deprive the SAR of its rights.

But in a meeting of the CPPCC yesterday to discuss the amendment of its charter, the statement "the one country, two systems, Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong, Macau people administering Macau, and high degree of autonomy will be comprehensively and precisely implemented" will be added to the Hong Kong and Macau portion of the charter.

The new statement will be placed before the old statement "[CPPCC should] strengthen the connection and unity with compatriots of the Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR."

The Taiwan portion would add the statement "strictly oppose to any separatism of the country."

The amendment would also add the "Scientific Outlook on Development" by former president Hu Jintao, and "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era."

On the criteria for becoming a CPPCC delegate, new demands were added too, including the protection of national confidentiality and self-discipline against corruption.

Former security secretary Lai Tung-kwok said Beijing had never wavered on implementing the one country, two systems principle, and Hongkongers ruling Hong Kong.

Lai urged citizens to have "infinite confidence" in Beijing's policies and principles, and shouldn't speculate so much in regard to phraseology in the work reports.

But political commentator Johnny Lau Yui-siu said it was Beijing's strategy to make Hongkongers gradually accustomed to the fading of their rights, so that the citizens wouldn't react radically when the high degree of autonomy disappeared.

He added it was obvious Beijing had lost its patience with Hong Kong people administering themselves.

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