The Government has betrayed the vision of Deng Xiaoping by trying to make the legal system subservient to that of the mainland, Democratic Party leader Martin Lee Chu-ming said yesterday. After hearing a mainland legal expert speak to delegates at a seminar about the development of the rule of law in China, Mr Lee told the professor: 'Unfortunately, Hong Kong is going backwards.' When Deng, the late Chinese leader, devised the 'one country, two systems' arrangement, 'he didn't want Hong Kong to go backwards, he wanted China to go forwards,' Mr Lee said. He accused the Government of doing 'untold damage' to the rule of law with its handling of the right of abode crisis, and therefore holding back legal development on the mainland. 'In Hong Kong, the Government seems to be saying we have to recognise that somehow the common law system is subservient to the Chinese system of law. To me, that is very bad, not only for Hong Kong, but for China,' he added. Professor Wang Zhenmin, from Tsinghua University, said there had to be interaction between the two systems. 'According to my observations, the rule of law in Hong Kong is very well organised and operates quite normally,' he added.