Violence, unrest highlighted in work report

Top News | Jane Cheung 22 May 2020

China's top advisory body is strongly against any United States' intervention in Hong Kong and supports SAR delegates in voicing opposition against violence and unrest, its chairman Wang Yang said.

This was contained in the work report delivered by the chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Council to the advisory body this year at its opening yesterday in Beijing.

Unlike in last year's report, when he said Hong Kong independence ideas should be "strictly opposed," he did not mention independence yesterday.

However, when summarizing the work of the CPPCC over the past year Wang pointed to anti-government protests and occasional violent unrest in the SAR since last June.

He said the national body "supported its Hong Kong delegates in actively voicing opposition against violence and unrest and their positive energy in restoring order."

The report also promoted how one country, two systems has been implemented successfully in Macau.

Wang noted too that statements have also been issued against United States' intervention in Hong Kong and Xinjiang affairs. The shortest such report ever delivered in the CPPCC amounted to 6,536 words, which Wang spent 40 minutes reading compared to last year's report with 10,000 words, which were read out in 54 minutes.

In it, Wang said Hong Kong should improve its mechanisms for implementing the Basic Law and being in tune with the national constitution in the coming 12 months.

He called upon delegates to work in uniting factions of society, which in the cases of Hong Kong and Macau meant them shouldering bigger political responsibilities by "firmly supporting improvements in mechanisms that are related to implementation of the constitution and the Basic Law."

"Firmly push forward one country, two systems so it can be sustainable and enhance political responsibilities and commitments of Hong Kong and Macau delegates," he said.

Wang also said: "Big union and collaboration should be done and democrats and independent politicians should be better utilized."

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