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Beijing White Paper 2014
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Beijing emphasises its total control over Hong Kong in white paper

State Council’s white paper sets record straight on ‘one country, two systems’ and issues stern warning over interference by ‘outside forces’

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 June, 2014, 5:50pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 June, 2014, 4:33pm


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The central government holds "comprehensive jurisdiction" over Hong Kong and is the source of its autonomy, Beijing said yesterday in an unprecedented white paper intended to set the tone for political debate.

It stressed that while the city could, in the future, choose its leader through universal suffrage, that person had to be loyal to the country.

China's national security and interests were at stake, it added.

While similar views have been made by mainland officials before, the timing and the way the document was released show Beijing is determined to put its foot down over Hong Kong's political development.

The white paper, issued by the State Council, said "many wrong views are currently rife in Hong Kong" and added: "Some people are confused or lopsided in their understanding of the policy [one country, two systems] and the Basic Law."

The paper, released in seven languages through Xinhua, came 10 days before Occupy Central activists calling for greater democracy hold an unofficial referendum on options for the 2017 election of the chief executive.

IN FULL: Chinese State Council white paper on ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy in Hong Kong

Beijing reminded the public that Hong Kong was just "one of the local administrative regions" and it was the central government's prerogative to oversee how it runs local affairs.

"The high degree of autonomy enjoyed by Hong Kong is subject to the central government's authorisation. There is no such thing called 'residual power' for the special administrative region," it said.

It also warned against "outside forces" using the city to interfere in China's domestic affairs.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said the white paper was in line with the Basic Law.

"The white paper looks forward to how this principle [one country, two systems] could further be implemented to the benefit of both Hong Kong and the country," he said.

But Occupy Central organiser Benny Tai Yiu-ting disagreed. "[Beijing is] trying to scare Hongkongers into silence," Tai said.

And Civic Party leader Alan Leong Kah-kit accused Beijing of backtracking on its promises.

"Hong Kong and the international community will not play dumb. We will hold you to your words … enshrined in black and white in the Basic Law," Leong insisted. He was apparently referring to Articles 12 to 14, which state that Hong Kong shall enjoy "a high degree of autonomy".

Lau Siu-kai, vice-president of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies, said Beijing felt it had to set the record straight. "The pan-democrats tried to reject the central government's power during the debate on political reform," he said.

Zhou Bo, deputy director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, and Zhang Rongshun, deputy director of the Basic Law Committee, will come to Hong Kong next week to further elaborate on the white paper.

Tony Cheung, Gary Cheung, Samuel Chan and Ng Kang-chung


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With the current crop of pan-democratic buffoons (or should I say banana throwing monkeys), we might be better off with a state appointed CE who actually might know what he's doing. Now THAT would be the British way!
You have just disgraced the word slave.
Quite sad what is happening in HK really. It's common sense that HK sooner or later will adopt the same system of communist propaganda as they have in the mainland. The rule of law will also slowly disappear leading a blow to major industries, except inter-china retail trade of course.
Only chance to preserve the current freedoms is to fight for it, but certainly seems a bit quixotic when you're dealing with the CCP and hundreds of thousands of 50 centers. As long as JZM and his cronies are in charge the assimilation of HK into China will continue. Occupy Central and the Tiananmen vigil do serve good purposes though in educating visiting mainlanders confused after decades of propaganda.
Realistically, why don't enterprising and freedom-loving individuals come over to Singapore? The gov is progressive and welcomes foreign talent which HK has a lot of. George Bernard Shaw once said "I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it." I'm afraid the pig in this allegory is the Beijing government. Avoidance is better than confrontation
Singapore?? Expensive, about as much freedom as China, but great food...
No thanks, I prefer the 'excitement' of HK much more after visiting Singapore recently. Dull place, and flat too.
Yes, go to Singapore. Be quick.
I already live in Singapore
Maybe, just maybe the whole affair is going to be dealt with in a normal fashion such as civil disorder if protesters step out of line, rather than 'now' : the writing is all over the wall!
Pretty stupid of China to send out the white paper. Occupy a Central was loosing steam and was moving towards failure. Now all these high school and university students with nothing better to do in the summer will join the protest.
Now it will probably occur. Stupid.
All dictatorships are afraid of people uprising. Always have. Always will.
The way that these Anti-China protesters conduct themselves, hurl insults towards our compatriots, the way they talk, dress and act makes me actually wish that PLA tanks come rolling down Lung Wo road. I'll stay at home, with my big screen TV and just laugh at all these punks getting some serious beating served to them.




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