UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE

Mainland paper says CY Leung’s report on universal suffrage represents Hong Kong views best

We won’t make a rash judgment based on the fact that some forces in Hong Kong are confronting the central government, the Global Times' editorial says

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 July, 2014, 2:14pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 July, 2014, 5:49pm

Hong Kong’s chief executive’s report, which backs the central government’s line on universal suffrage in 2017, has been the best representation of the voices of Hong Kong society, said an editorial published today in the Global Times, the quasi-Communist Party newspaper.

In Leung Chun-ying’s political reform report to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee on Tuesday, he said there are various opinions in the city about how to nominate chief executive candidates, but the mainstream opinion holds that the Basic Law should be followed and such power is granted only to the nominating committee and must not be “undermined or bypassed”.

The editorial said Hong Kong is a society with multiple elements, and the existence of political opposition parties is legal. Therefore, it is inevitable for different parties to vie for more influence. The central government must be good at identifying, through miscellaneous voices, which one is the true mainstream voice of Hong Kong.

“No doubt that chief executive Leung Chun-ying’s report has more representativeness than other voices, and this report should be the main reference for the central government to judge what Hong Kong’s reality is when it implements the Basic Law,” the editorial said.

It said that in a society, the loudest and sharpest voice is not necessarily the mainstream one, and the media is often hijacked by opposition parties. This scenario seems to be the case in Hong Kong.

“The state government should not advocate the unwritten rule in politics that crying babies should have milk,” it said.

According to the editorial, various political parties in Hong Kong have exercised their right to express their opinions about political reform, and have already caused some “friction” while playing near the boundaries of law. The “one country, two systems” scheme has not been threatened as they claim, but its boundaries have become more defined.

The editorial called on various parties to calm down and to look at recent history; that is how to reach the right conclusion based on reality and facts.

Hong Kong must get better and better; it is in the interest of both the city’s residents and those of the whole country. But what is better for Hong Kong is to make sure its viewpoint represents the entire population and is subject to the country’s level of understanding and reality, it said.

We won’t make a rash judgment based on the fact that some forces in Hong Kong are confronting the central government. We are not yet sure of the nature of the actions by some opposition parties, according to the editorial.

It said the central government’s determination to keep Hong Kong stable is as vital as implementing “one country, two systems”.