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  • Aug 30, 2014
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One Country, Two Systems

No need to keep citing Hong Kong's autonomy says Beijing rep, as familiar phrases are left out of premier's report

There is no need to repeat such catchphrases as “Hongkongers governing Hong Kong” or to note that the city enjoys “a high degree of autonomy” every time officials mention the principle of “one country, two systems”.

Thursday, 6 March, 2014, 4:58pm 1 comment

Snowden's case will test 'one country, two systems'

Technological advances have rendered borders meaningless when it comes to trade, pollution, diseases and spying; airspace and territorial waters have little relevance in these matters. Former CIA operative Edward Snowden is causing storms that are short-circuiting political power grids in the US and elsewhere.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:23am 2 comments

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

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

Understanding can bridge the Hong Kong - mainland gap

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 2 comments

Hong Kong people can't just wait around for democracy; they must act

My story begins with the appearance of the pro-democracy legislators on the balcony of the former Legislative Council building at midnight on June 30, 1997. We said something very simple: "We shall return." We knew we would be thrown out of the Legislative Council by what was called the Provisional Legislative Council. As it was a provisional council, members did not have to be elected.

1 May 2013 - 2:32am 31 comments

Old master Thatcher's lesson in realism on handover

The two British architects of Hong Kong's return to China are now dead. First it was Percy Cradock. Now, it's his boss Margaret Thatcher. Yet, the logic of their arguments for preserving Hong Kong's way of life by not confronting but by negotiating with Beijing and securing guarantees from it is still with us. It still very much underlies the thinking of the more intelligent and principled people from the pro-Beijing camp in Hong Kong.

11 Apr 2013 - 3:03am 5 comments

What's wrong with requiring the Hong Kong chief executive to be patriotic?

Although the central government and Hong Kong citizens have reached a mutual consensus that there will be universal suffrage, how the chief executive election in 2017 should be conducted has aroused considerable controversy in our community.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:20am 4 comments

City's politicians play tough game of 'pass the message'

As mainland officials rarely comment publicly on the city's issues under the "one country, two systems" principle, the central government's messages to the administration are often delivered behind closed doors. As a result, the media has to rely heavily on the messenger - usually a pro-establishment figure - to shed light on Beijing's views on Hong Kong matters.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am 3 comments

Where to draw line of communication

The date March 25 may not ring any bells, but it was a special day for Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. On that date a year ago, he was elected to the highest job in town. But Leung is less likely to be celebrating than pondering how to handle the increasing number of hot potatoes falling into his lap.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:06am

Top Beijing official says no change in policy on Hong Kong

Wang Guangya told Beijing-loyalist lawmakers last week that the central government had consistently upheld, and continued to uphold, the principle that "'one country' is the premise and foundation for 'two systems'" - a reference to the "one country, two systems" formula guiding Hong Kong affairs under Chinese sovereignty.

31 Mar 2013 - 5:48am 3 comments

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