Wang Zhenmin warns "one country, two systems" means something ese
Ah, yet another mainland quasi official warning Hong Kong people not to get out of line.
This time it's Wang Zhenmin, legal head of the central government's liaison office. He says "one country, two systems" could be scrapped if it is used as a tool against Beijing.
He said this at a seminar, where outgoing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying spoke earlier that the assurance there would be no change for 50 years under the city's mini constitution, the Basic Law, only referred to the capitalist system and did not mean Beijing's sovereignty over Hong Kong would change.
In commemorating the 27th anniversary of the Basic Law, Leung said the autonomy Hong Kong was enjoying was authorized by Beijing and wasn't "full autonomy", and the careful implementation of the governing formula was the best arrangement for both Hong Kong and the nation.
CY Leung has a warped view of "one country, two systems"
What? Is Leung saying the goal posts have been moved again? And how could "one country, two systems" only refer to our financial system?
Meanwhile Wang, a former Tsinghua University law dean, focused his keynote speech on attacking what he says is the rising separatist sentiment in the city, and that "one country" comes before "two systems".
Again, someone is redefining what we have always known as "one country, two systems"...
"If the 'two systems' part... is severely distorted or even [becomes a tool] to confront and damage 'one country', then the reasons and conditions for the 'two systems' to exist would be lost," Wang said.
He claimed the nation was "disappointed and disheartened" to see separatists enter school campuses and the establishment, he said, urging Hong Kong people to wholeheartedly accept that the sovereignty of the city had been returned to China for good.
Under Article 2 of the Basic Law, China's top legislature authorizes the former British colony to exercise a high degree of autonomy and enjoy executive, legislature and independent judicial power. However, Wang warned that room for that autonomy could shrink if Hong Kong people continued to challenge national security.
"The more Hong Kong fails to actively defend the sovereignty, national security and development interests of the country in accordance with law, the more wary the country might be on Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and the 'two systems'. There would be less room for its autonomy."
We are grappling with the reality that our autonomy is fast disappearing -- once you have freedoms and then start losing them it's hard to accept. But Wang wouldn't understand that...
He also denied that Beijing was "interfering in the city's internal affairs" -- a long-held complaint by pro-democracy activists.
"The country is only exercising its sovereignty in accordance with the law and that should not be regarded as 'interference'," he said. "Just like we cannot say your brain is interfering with your limbs as they have always been part of your body. [The brain] is only carrying out its own functions."
Huh??? Sounds like a really bad comparison.
In any event we're dismayed by the continual shifting of the goal posts that does nobody any favours except perhaps mainland or pro-establishment officials who feel the need to puff their chests with authority...