Beijing’s senior representative in Hong Kong said those chanting slogans urging an end to “one-party dictatorship” were the “real enemies to Hong Kong.”
During a forum discussing “one country, two systems,” Luo Huining, the director at China’s Hong Kong Liaison Office, said those who urge “end one-party dictatorship,” denied the communist party’s leading role on “one country, two systems,” or use Hong Kong against China were destroying the foundation of the principle.
“They are the real enemies of Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability,” he said.
He described those who badmouth Hong Kong or declare the “two systems” were dead as “ignorant and biased.”
Luo said no one knew the value of the “one country, owo systems” better than the Communist Party and no one is more determined to safeguard the original intent of the principle than the party.
“It is hard to imagine without the central government’s important decisions to restore things to order, Hong Kong can come out from the shadow of violence and mutual destruction,” Luo said.
He added that the central government safeguard the policy of “patriots ruling Hong Kong” to put the “one country’ two systems” principle back on track.
At the same forum, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said Hong Kong had faced unprecedented political challenges in the past two years, which had imposed great risks on national security.
She said the central government had followed the constitutions and Basic Law in ending the problems.
Lam added that the national security law — imposed last June — did a timely job of bringing the city out of chaos. The central government’s sweeping changes to Hong Kong electoral systems also ensured only “patriots” were allowed to govern the city.
Former Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, said at the forum that the Basic Law was the “highest embodiment” of rule of law.
He said the Basic Law was both national laws and laws for SAR, and it had stipulated the party’s basic governing direction and policies.
Richard Tsoi Yiu-cheong, the secretary of Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, said Luo’s statements were “all of a sudden.”
He said the alliance needed time to evaluate the current situation given that there had been increasing attacks against the pro-democracy group in recent months.