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China to tighten control of Hong Kong?


Yu Zhengsheng delivering CPPCC work report. Photo: Xinhua

Yu Zhengsheng delivering CPPCC work report. Photo: Xinhua

In monitoring developments in China, one has to be very careful about any minor change in wording, as it may have quite serious meaning.

We Hong Kong citizens are quite worried by the omission of the two key phrases “Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong” and “high degree of autonomy” in the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) work report delivered by its Chairman Yu Zhengsheng yesterday.

True, the phrases were missing in Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s work report to the National People’s Congress (NPC) last year, but it was not omitted in Yu’s work report last year.

The CPPCC is China’s advisory body with the status, but not the power, of a quasi parliament. However, as Yu ranks the fourth in the hierarchy of Chinese leadership, such missing words are really worrisome.

Due to China’s long history of centralism, I, as a Hong Kong citizen, have never believed that Hong Kong people are really allowed to govern Hong Kong entirely free from Chinese central government’s interference, but think a high degree of autonomy is possible. The question is: how high the degree?

Does the omission of the phrases mean that Hong Kong people will no longer be allowed to govern Hong Kong or that the degree of autonomy will be less high? That’s what worries Hongkongers.

Though Yu kept in his report the promise that Beijing would “fully and faithfully implement the principle of ‘one country, two systems’ and the Basic Law“, that does not ease the worries. “One country, two systems” means that Hong Kong is allowed to maintain its capitalist system. It is meaningless now as China itself is also capitalist.

Article 16 of the basic law provides, “The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region shall be vested with executive power. It shall, on its own, conduct the administrative affairs of the Region in accordance with the relevant provisions of this Law. ”

That obviously means that Hong Kong’s executive power is restricted by the Basic Law and that the degree of Hong Kong’s autonomy, however high, is limited by the Basic Law.

The two phrases are mentioned to stress Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and executive power, but when the restriction and limit are stressed now, the two phrases are omitted. We will wait and see whether that is why the two phrases are omitted.

What can we Hongkongers do if that is the case? We are helpless. We can only hope that we will still be able to enjoy the freedom and human rights we enjoy now.

Source: Yu Zhengsheng “CPPCC work report” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

 

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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3 thoughts on “China to tighten control of Hong Kong?

  1. People, get a grip. In Chinese it means only ONE thing. We (China) will mess with you any time we want.

    1. If there is a law that could prevent us from, (because we indicated before that, blalala) then we just abolish it.
    2. And make a new law, that says “Stuff You”.

    You need to understand China. It doesn’t care about anything.

    You may play with your words, idols and psychological rubbish or, whatever Western diplomatic rubbish you want.

    We’ll just mess with you, that’s it. Short and sweet!

    WHEN do you guys stop talking all this year-long rubbish and L E A R N ? A dragon can’t be your friend, not even food after it’s dead, so you better burn it before it chews you!

    Like

    Posted by You know me already ;-) | March 8, 2015, 9:03 am

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