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'China dream' and 'Hong Kong dream' need to be put into practice

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 March, 2013, 3:11am

The "China Dream" evoked by newly elected President Xi Jinping has, unsurprisingly, generated different interpretations, ranging from building a better future for 1.3 billion people to an ambitious goal of reviving the nation's ancient glories. Meeting Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying for the first time in his new capacity on Monday, Xi extended his hopes to the Hong Kong public. Achieving the dream of a rejuvenated nation, he said, required the city's co-operation with the mainland. He said both sides could complement each other and develop further. The top leader also praised Leung for his governance philosophy - "seeking change while keeping stability". But the key, he said, was to put that into practice. His appeal for "unity and active support" for Leung's team was echoed by Li Keqiang when Leung met the new premier.

The remarks by the state leaders speak volumes about Beijing's concerns over the current situation in Hong Kong. Over the past nine months, Leung, to his credit, has rolled out a series of popular measures, such as a locals-only land policy and zero-birth quota for mainland mothers. But that does not dilute the perception that he is still struggling to establish himself as a capable leader. With many of his grand ideas still on the drawing board, patience is wearing thin.

Beijing is perhaps equally eager to see some results. The chief executive has been rightly reminded that having a governing blueprint recognised by the public is not enough. Pressure for him to deliver is growing. Unfortunately, Leung has yet to win over critics and, in some cases, allies who are supposed to be on his side. This is because the pro-Beijing camp remains divided after the chief executive race last year.

It will not be in the country's interest if the city is deadlocked instead of progressing. Being an inseparable part of China, we are expected to help contribute to the nation's success. The appeal for unity and implementing policies is a reminder that we share the same interest in making Hong Kong and China a success. It remains to be seen how well the messages have been received. But frustration is growing that another dream - universal suffrage - has not been given higher priority. There was no serious discussion with the state leaders despite calls for an early consultation on the 2017 electoral arrangements. It would be good if Beijing shares the concerns and help achieve the Hong Kong dream.

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the sun also rises
Hong Kong ,as an inseparable part of China should contribute to the success of China's dream weaved by the newly-elected President Xi.How about our biggest Hong Kong dream---a geniune universal suffrage in 2017 in our chief executive election and a universal suffrage of our legislators in 2020 ? The agent of Beijing authorities here in Hong Kong is C.Y.Leung (suspected to be a hidden Chinese communist member) who is not keen enough to launch the vital and urgent consultation of the upcoming Chief Executive Election in 2017. So, as a geniune Hongkonger who was born here and raised up here, this Old Hong Kong thinks that the 'Occupy Central' Movement maybe a must to push the consultation and a geniune universal suffrage for us and our future generations !
lucifer
The dream of the people of Hong Kong is to truly be autonmous from Beijing's meddling. The CCP is so used to dictating to and running provinces from thousands of miles away in Beijing, they just cannot resist using whatever measures they deem necessary to force the people of Hong Kong to get in line with their mainland brethren and start loving the CCP despite all its flaws and the negative impact it has had on Hong Kong's fledging democractic development.
lamlm38
good thing they value HK less.. if they were to leave us alone even better
SpeakFreely
"Beijing is perhaps equally eager to see some results." Hk people are over valued ourselves. What's the urgency of BJ as Hk is getting less valuable to them in terms of financials. What is our bargaining chip? Wait until yuan to float freely in the next few years, Hk will even has less value by then.
 
 
 
 
 

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