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

Premier Li Keqiang delivers the annual work report to the NPC on Wednesday morning. The speech raised fears among some after it failed to mention key policy phrases referring to Hong Kong's autonomy. Photo: Xinhua

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'

By coming here, Snowden has placed Hong Kong in the middle of the storm surge of political power grids in the US and elsewhere. Photo: Bloomberg

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

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

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

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

Illustration: Craig Stephens

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

Sir Percy Cradock, former Foreign Affairs Advisor to the British Prime Minister. Photo: SCMP

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?

Qiao Xiaoyang. Photo: SCMP Pictures

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'

Politburo Standing Committee member Yu Zhengsheng

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

Wang Guangya revealed that C.Y. Leung called him. Photo: Vincent Yu

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, director of Beijing's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office. Photo: SCMP

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

Message from Xi to Hong Kong: think of national interest

Xi Jinping. Photo: Xinhua

"Compatriots in the Hong Kong and Macau special administrative regions should put emphasis on the country, Hong Kong and Macau's overall interest," Xi told delegates at the closing session of the National People's Congress in Beijing yesterday.

18 Mar 2013 - 9:47am 16 comments

China's claim to greatness must rest on its ethics

China's claim to greatness must rest on its ethics

China has the potential to be a force for tremendous good in the world. Already, it is using its considerable fiscal reserves to invest heavily in economic and transport infrastructure in Africa and Latin America, supporting the construction of roads, railways, ports and mines.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:07am 4 comments

SAR economy must reinvent itself

Zhang Xiaoming drew attention to 'three relationships' that must be properly managed if 'one country, two systems' is to be successfully implemented in Hong Kong and Macau.

In a recent policy paper on the implementation of "one country, two systems" by Zhang Xiaoming, now serving as the head of Beijing's representation in Hong Kong, he drew attention to "three relationships" which must be properly managed if this bold and unique concept is to be successfully implemented in Hong Kong and Macau.

6 Jan 2013 - 4:55am 2 comments

Hong Kong's property market could not thrive without our core freedoms

Our property prices reflect the successful implementation of the principle of "one country, two systems". Photo: EPA

Hong Kong's property prices will remain high and continue to rise because of the government's land policy and the surplus funds in the market.

But the ultimate cause of these sky-high prices is our strong foundation of prosperity and stability, and our enduring core values - our rule of law, and our freedoms and human rights.

4 Jan 2013 - 3:45am 6 comments

Two views of Zhang Xiaoming, liaison office director

Zhang Xiaoming

When veteran diplomat Jiang Enzhu became director of the central government's liaison office in Hong Kong in 1997, he described the city an "abstruse book" from which he would strive to learn. Throughout his five-year stint, Beijing's envoy, by and large, kept a low profile under the principle of "one country, two systems". Ten years on, the office has seen its third leadership change.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:15am