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Chinese Parliamentary Sessions 2013

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Displays of Hong Kong's colonial flag offend Beijing

'Centrifugal forces' and symbols of a former era will not be allowed, Politburo Standing Committee member tells CPPCC delegates

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 March, 2013, 9:28am
 

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A state leader yesterday denounced Hong Kong activists who waved colonial flags during recent protests and warned that "opposition" and "centrifugal forces" would not be allowed to rule the city after universal suffrage was introduced.

Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee - and tipped to be the next chairman of the nation's top advisory body - is the first high-level mainland official to address controversies involving Hong Kong.

In a closed meeting with Hong Kong delegates to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Yu also referred to the parallel trade in infant milk formula and mainland women giving birth in Hong Kong.

One delegate quoted Yu as saying that Hong Kong could not become a base and bridgehead for subverting the mainland.

"When he spoke about the election of the chief executive by universal suffrage in 2017, Yu said 'opposition' and 'centrifugal forces' could not be allowed to rule Hong Kong after universal suffrage was attained," the delegate said. "It is not good for Hong Kong and the country," Yu was quoted as saying.

Again quoting Yu, the delegate said: "The Chinese people will not accept some Hongkongers waving the colonial flag."

The Chinese people will not accept some Hongkongers waving the colonial flag

However, Yu also told Hong Kong delegates to the CPPCC yesterday that he understood the grievances in Hong Kong towards mainlanders coming to the city to compete for resources.

Delegate Tam Yiu-chung said Yu, who served as Shanghai party secretary from 2007 to 2012, spoke of tensions in that city over people who came from other parts of the country to give birth.

"Some Shanghai residents are unhappy with this phenomenon and municipal authorities have had to increase the number of beds for obstetric services to solve the problem," he said.

Delegate Chan Yuen-han, quoted Yu as saying that some Shanghai residents were unhappy about students from other provinces and cities competing for university places.

Another delegate said Yu mentioned that 40 per cent of patients at Shanghai hospitals came from other parts of the mainland.

"It was because the standard of medical service in Shanghai was more advanced. We resolved this simply by building two extra hospitals," Yu said.

Yu also told the delegates that, under the "one country, two systems" formula, conflict between Hongkongers and mainlanders should be handled by Hong Kong's administration. "He is confident that the Hong Kong government can handle the matter properly," Chan said.

Yu also said the government's resolve in implementing the "one country, two systems" principle and supporting the chief executive would never change.

 

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louis.wong1
Yu Zhengsheng - a US Green card holder (Permanent resident), can someone verify that he had applied for US citizenship? Does he maintain a bank account in USA, how many people in his family had migrated to USA? Can you declare your nationality to the Chinese people?
shouken
Your proof? Lying or rumor-mongering will not make your argument any stronger.
carmeledwin
Will any of the South American countries or the Philippines for that matter welcome the waiving of a Spanish flag during a protest march? Will the United States welcome the waiving of the Union Jack during a protest march? What about both South and North Korea, will they welcome the waiving of the Japanese flag during a protest march? I sincerely have my doubts. Whether we like it or not, Hong Kong is now a part of China.
Edwin
lucifer
The fact of the matter is that HK is uniquely different in all respects. Records show that when there British arrived in HK, the population was 7500 inhabitants. The overwhelming majority of HK residents escaped from the tyranny and chaos of the mainland or are their descendants.
They came to HK to build a better life under a well governed system that enjoyed the rule of law and a stable economy that provided opportunities unheard of in the mainland. That system is what built HK. Those people came to HK by choice and they are still coming. To deny the colonial role in building Hong Kong and to compare the British in HK to other European colonies that were conquered and occupied is misplaced. HK owes its legacy to the British administration, who may I add honored the terms of the NT lease and gracefully departed.
shouken
Jpinst (and many like him) is missing the point. Nobody, not even Yu Zhengshen, is denying HK's colonial past. What worries and will not be accepted by the mainland officials and the people, is your questionable allegiance to China. They see british flag waving as a seccessionist gesture, and to some degree they were right. Abraham Lincoln will not see delegates sent by the 11 Southern States in 1861. To him, to secede, is treason, and can only be suppressed by force.
basicblue
I'm a citizen of the U.S. but I still fly the flag of Connecticut.
Explain the Difference. OH yes--- I live in a Democracy, not under Commies.
shouken
Totally irrelevant. HK flags are flown everywhere and everyday in HK. The better point, Mr. American, is for you to rehe**** the Yankee's bloody suppression of southern independence movement between 1861-1864. Of course, you will say we sacrifice 200,000 lives for the poor blacks. But that would only whitewash an anti-seccesionist war.
rpasea
Comments like this from mainland officials only show how out of touch they are are how insulated their power "bubble" is.
gkuhl
Instead of asking in today's poll if "display colonial flags indicates subverting forces", it would be much more interesting to know, if readers agree with Yu that 'opposition' and 'centrifugal forces' could not be allowed to rule Hong Kong.
andao
"Another delegate said Yu mentioned that 40 per cent of patients at Shanghai hospitals came from other parts of the mainland.
"It was because the standard of medical service in Shanghai was more advanced. We resolved this simply by building two extra hospitals," Yu said"
Did you also give all 40% of those children a Shanghai hukou? Of course not, so it's a totally bogus comparison. Yu must certainly realize this.

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