The Beijing official says Hong Kong people need to try and understand the country’s logic. File photo: RTHK
A top Beijing official in Hong Kong said on Friday that the SAR needs to learn to adapt to the country’s system – not the other way around.
The legal chief of Beijing’s Liaison Office also said the world’s most serious insults on China come from Hong Kong, not the US.
Wang Zhenmin made the controversial remarks at a function in Hong Kong on One Country, Two Systems.
He said Hong Kong people need to try and understand the country’s logic, and have fundamental “respect and awe” for the mainland’s system.
The legal chief said there’s no other choice for Hong Kong but to stand alongside the motherland.
Wang said on issues such as the rule of law, the core values are the same on both sides of the border.
Speaking at the same function, Basic Law committee member and mainland legal academic, Rao Geping, admitted that there’s currently no clear mechanism on triggering an interpretation of the Basic Law by the country’s top legislature.
He said there’s ambiguity on several issues, such as the principles of interpretation, the subjects to be interpreted and the process, as well as the legality of any interpretation.
Rao said the National People’s Congress Standing Committee can improve the mechanism without changing the Basic Law.
Meanwhile, in Beijing, a former deputy head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, Chen Zuo’er, said the “One Country, Two Systems” principle is the best way to resolve issues facing Hong Kong in a peaceful manner.