Lam confident in mending societal rifts

Local | Angel Kwan 12 Sep 2019

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor expressed her confidence in mending the rifts in society despite the unrest showing no signs of abating.

Xie Feng, Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in Hong Kong, said there are "extreme forces" in the SAR that escalate violence and challenge the bottom line of the 'One Country Two Systems' principle.

Speaking at a Belt and Road forum yesterday, Lam said she believes Hong Kong will regain its social stability by upholding One Country, Two Systems, and the Basic Law.

"By steadfastly upholding the One Country, Two Systems principle and the Basic Law, and through the concerted efforts of the government and the people of Hong Kong, we can find our way back to reasoned discussion, to the social stability essential to the longterm stability and prosperity and well being of us all," Lam said.

"I am confident we can do just that. Hong Kong, after all, has been built and rebuilt, time and time again, on our indomitable resilience. Call it the spirit of Hong Kong, and know that it will see us through."

Xie, meanwhile, called for an end to the violence.

"There are extreme forces in Hong Kong that keep escalating violent clashes, tramples on the rule of law and jeopardizes public safety. They challenged the national sovereignty, as well as the bottom-line of the 'One Country, Two Systems' principle," Xie said in his speech at the same forum.

He urged people who love Hong Kong to "say 'no' to violence and say 'stop' to the lawbreakers," while also safeguarding the rule of law.

"Upholding the One Country, Two Systems principle is the largest advantage of Hong Kong's development, and defending rule of law is the pressing task for maintaining Hong Kong's competitiveness," Xie said.

He added that Hong Kong is at a critical crossroads, as the city is facing fierce competition both internally and externally. As a result, the SAR should grasp the golden opportunity of participating in the One Belt, One Road initiative and developing the Greater Bay Area.

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