Zhou Nan says British colonialists brainwashed HK people

Local | 19 Jun 2017 11:56 am

A former director of the Xinhua News Agency in Hong Kong, Zhou Nan, said today that five generations of Hong Kong people had been "brainwashed" by the British during the colonial era and the SAR authorities have a duty to reverse it.

During an exclusive interview with RTHK in Beijing, Zhou said the government must strengthen national education to counter the brainwashing from the colonialists for more than 150 years. 

He also accused the last governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, of "stirring up trouble” by coming to Hong Kong and "joining forces with anti-mainland groups”. 

Zhou quoted former leader Deng Xiaoping as saying that "one country" must come before "two systems,'' and said he agreed with Deng that Beijing must take action if Hong Kong is turned into a hotbed for chaos and subversive activities. 

The former Xinhua boss also claimed that Deng had always opposed a separation of powers in Hong Kong or granting the SAR universal suffrage, as the central government would not be able to ensure that the city is ruled by patriots. 

The 90-year-old added that he is confident that the Carrie Lam-administration will do a good job in upholding the 'one country, two systems' principle and the Basic Law, as her cabinet is dominated by capable loyalists.-RTHK

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