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Beijing should 'restrain' destructive critics in Hong Kong, says Global Times

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 August, 2013, 10:50am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 August, 2013, 2:56pm

The Global Times, a popular Beijing-based conservative daily, has argued in an editorial that the central government should take measures to "restrain the devastating destructive force" of its critics in Hong Kong.

"If it is not acceptable for Hong Kong children to sing 'I love the national flag' and national education is insulted as 'brainwashing', the Basic Law faced danger of being tampered with," the nationalistic paper wrote in the editorial. "Of course we will not allow this to happen."

The daily is affiliated with the People's Daily, the Communist Party's most important publication, but its views do not necessarily reflect the Communist Party's official views. It also published a similarly worded editorial in its English-language edition.

The Global Times has previously condemned Hong Kong advocates of the city moving towards more social and political autonomy. Last year, it equated - in veiled references - the Hong Kong City-State Autonomy Movement with separatist groups in some of China's more restive regions, including Tibet and Xinjiang, and also in Taiwan.

"Everyone in Hong Kong" should be clear that the city "cannot get out of the 'one country' framework", the paper wrote on Wednesday. If disputes "are blown up", then "appropriate countermeasures" should be taken, it argued.

"The result will be that 'I love the national flag' will continue to be sung in Hong Kong's kindergartens," it concludes.

"There is a denial that a patriotic person can be critical of the government", said Joseph Cheng Yu-shek, professor of political science at City University of Hong Kong. "This is the line pursued by the pro-Beijing press every day in Hong Kong."

For Cheng, the paper is reacting to a perceived trend in Hong Kong public opinion. "According to public opinion polls, Hong Kong people's identification with the nation and their trust in the central government has peaked in 2008," he said "Since then, the trend has been reversed and the pace has increased over the last months."

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scmpgt
HK is all about money. Everytime a HKer sings a national tune, they should be paid. Is the only way they will care. You can't bribe a few officials. You have to bribe all 7million citizens. CCP need to start paying up.
ramesses
If anything, it is the CCP that needs the restraint - by a free press and proper rule of law. (NB: not rule BY law as practised in the mainland.) After all, if the critics in HK are talking rubbish, why worry? If they take note, it means they do have substance.
lib_prc

People don't realize there is one thing in common between the HK SAR and the PRC - neither promotes team sports...any people without values can be easily manipulated! Even I can manipulate them, if I wanted to...
clc2
The CCP functions as a religious cult.
reubenm
Are critics in Hong Kong really having such a "devastating impact"? What a burden we must be!! Why, their opinions alone could topple the central government if this "editorial" is to be believed! Imagine if people in the mainland began criticising... oh, wait, wait a minute.
Nevermind.
hodfords
I believe that the One-Country system can work extremely well (without the communist party).
caractacus
How very sad that a tyrant's mindset is incapable of viewing any criticism of itself positively. Since 1997 the Political Appointments System has been disastrous for undermining integrity in public office, allowing the corrupt influence of wealthy special interests to dictate policy at the expense of the people and making the political system ever more rotten. Appearances instead of substance are all that count to these autocrats.
Rinanolia
"has argued in AN editorial" in paragraph one.
impala
Indeed. Still, it is better than paragraph 3, where the word 'editorial' seems to be missing altogether: [It also published a similarly worded in its English-language edition.]
impala
Both errors appear to have been corrected. Thank you webitor.

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