Chinese leaders are increasingly concerned about a fledgling independence movement in Hong Kong, and recent protests in the city.
Zhang Xiaoming, the head of
“As far as Hong Kong is concerned, nobody is permitted do anything in any form that damages the country’s sovereignty and security, they are not allowed to challenge the central government’s authority or that of Hong Kong’s Basic Law, they are not allowed to use Hong Kong for infiltration or subversion activities against the mainland to damage its social and political stability,” Zhang said.
Wang Guangya, the head of China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, told pro-Beijing Hong Kong magazine The Bauhinia that “under ‘one country, two systems’ there is absolutely no space for ‘Hong Kong independence’”.
“Hong Kong is an inseparable part of the country, and in no situation is ‘
As “one country, two systems” is new, it has no ready-made experience to draw from, and it’s normal that in this process “new situations, new problems and new challenges” will arise, he added.
“You can’t expect it to be all plain sailing,” Wang said.
“The central government has confidence in and patience with
Wang said the interpretation did not harm the independence of
“It needs to be pointed out that the independence of the legal system is an important principle of the rule of law in Hong Kong, and the central government has always cherished and protected the independence of
President Xi Jinping told outgoing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying last month that the central government strongly supports efforts by the
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