Hong Kong-mainland Relations

SAR system undone by its own success

China and Hong Kong flags are hoisted at the HSBC headquarters in Central for the Chinese National Day celebrations. Photo: Martin Chan

One country, one system; otherwise only wars and civil wars can partition a country and undermine its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Saturday, 22 June, 2013, 1:41am 3 comments

Beijing recalling its big guns to handle a more complex city

Xu Ze, former deputy director of HK and Macau Affairs Office. Photo: Ricky Chung

Last week, while a 29-year-old American stole the limelight in Hong Kong and the world, a Beijing veteran on Hong Kong's political and legal affairs quietly went back to the capital from Macau.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:39am

Hong Kong must see beyond the worry of a mainland influx

A long line of mainland tourists is seen outside a Prada in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: Sam Tsang

Friction between Hong Kong people and mainlanders continues. We hear complaints about the effects of the influx of mainland tourists, especially about crowding and high rents driving local businesses off our streets. There were reports a couple of weeks ago of local young people raising money to publish an ad demanding fewer mainland students at our universities.

14 Jun 2013 - 2:50am 9 comments

'Beautiful souls' blinkered to reality

Some people see mainland China as leaking badness and contaminating Hong Kong with corrupt officials and 'locust' visitors. Photo: David Wong

A distinctive Hong Kong identity politics is emerging. As it is still developing, it is hard to pin down and put your finger on. But one important aspect seems clear enough: demonise China, idealise Hong Kong. Yes, yes, I know. How can that be when the city is part of China? But it's that very inclusion since the handover that is being called into question.

3 Jun 2013 - 2:32am 31 comments

Liaison office staff warned not to take gifts

Zhang Xiaoming. Photo: Xinhua

The central government's liaison office has warned its staff to "decline gifts such as food and fruit during festivities", including this month's Dragon Boat festival. The statement comes after Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping made a call last December to end official extravagance.

2 Jun 2013 - 6:03am

Abrasive, loveable Hong Kong

While life here can be difficult, not least for someone born on the mainland trying to fit in, the city is also loveable in its own way.

I'd like to applaud Joy Yang for her courage in penning her recent op-ed on the discrimination she has experienced in Hong Kong. I, too, was born on the mainland and there have been times when I've got the evil eye for speaking my Beijing-accented native Putonghua here.

29 May 2013 - 10:35am 8 comments

Andrew Li Kwok-nang wants clear timeline for talks on 2047 issues

Andrew Li Kwok-nang

Andrew Li Kwok-nang, who retired as chief justice in 2010, made the call when he reflected on the 30th anniversary of the "Young Professionals Delegation", which headed north to express their views on Hong Kong's future.

20 May 2013 - 5:27am 2 comments

Thirty years on, a young turk recalls historic trip

The 12-strong Young Professionals Delegation with then National People's Congress vice-chairman Xi Zhongxun (centre) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in May 1983. Photo: Allen Lee Peng-fei

When the 12 members of the "Young Professionals Delegation" met National People's Congress vice-chairman Xi Zhongxun in Beijing in May 1983, they could hardly imagine that the state leader's son, Xi Jinping, would eventually become paramount leader.

20 May 2013 - 5:27am

Understanding can bridge the Hong Kong - mainland gap

Former Chief Secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang speaks on "One Country, Two Systems-Hong Kong's Political Landscape" at City University in Kowloon Tong. Photo: Dickson Lee

The "one country, two systems" policy has brought Hong Kong benefits and bound it closer to the mainland. But the integration also caused tension and conflicts. From milk powder to non-locals giving birth, from misbehaving tourists to earthquake donations, there has been growing discontent towards the north. The anti-mainland sentiment is worrying.

18 May 2013 - 4:10am 1 comment

Outsiders have clearer view of our city's true excellence

Peter Woo Kwong-ching, chairman of Wharf. Photo: Dickson Lee

The Wharf (Holdings) chairman Peter Woo noted in his chairman's statement in the group's annual report that Hong Kong had become the top brand and the place to go for many goods and services mainlanders preferred. Thus, the current extraordinary surge in demand from the mainland should be treated as a "happy" problem, even though it challenged the city's capacity and creativity.

13 May 2013 - 5:24am

Gauging reaction of mainland China to policies not viable, says Anson Chan

Anson Chan Fong On-sang. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The leaked memo, which first appeared in a Chinese-language newspaper, said: "From June 1, an assessment on mainland perception and related public relations measures will become … mandatory … for all Policy Committee papers."

7 May 2015 - 3:30pm 7 comments

Lu Ping: Too many Chinese mainlanders being allowed into Hong Kong

Lu Ping in Shanghai. Photo: RTHK

In a pre-recorded interview with RTHK, Lu blamed the influx on the individual visit scheme, which he said was "too open".

10 May 2013 - 9:52am 11 comments

Ai Weiwei's new work inspired by milk powder debate

Ai Weiwei

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei has drawn inspiration from the controversy over infant formula in Hong Kong and on the mainland for his new work, which will be unveiled at an exhibition exploring Hong Kong's identity and anti-mainland sentiment.

10 May 2013 - 5:46am 1 comment

Hong Kong's prosperity is tied to rejuvenation of Pearl River Delta

Zhang Dejiang. Photo: Xinhua

National People's Congress Standing Committee chairman Zhang Dejiang recently said Hong Kong's competitive edge is weakening and may fade away. Its strongest competitors may be other Chinese cities; a recent McKinsey projection indicated that 40 per cent of the 75 most dynamic cities by 2025 will be Chinese. Mainland cities occupy six of the top 10 positions, with Shanghai and Beijing first and second.

6 May 2013 - 2:55am

Tap social media to connect better with mainlanders

A man holds an iPhone as he visits Sina's Weibo microblogging site in Shanghai. Photo: Reuters

The past few years have seen increasing conflicts between people in Hong Kong and those from the mainland. The rule to limit sales of baby formula, for example, not only drew criticism from the mainland media and public but has also caused controversy at home.

1 May 2013 - 2:32am 1 comment