Stability is the cornerstone of prosperity, says director of Beijing Liaison Office The central government's top representative in Hong Kong has called on the community to maintain social stability and strive to revitalise its economy, saying it is not good for the city to become 'too politicised'. Gao Siren, director of the central government's Liaison Office, said yesterday Hong Kong was an economic city, not a political one. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Hong Kong preparatory committee for National Day celebrations, Mr Gao said: 'Stability is the prerequisite of development and prosperity in Hong Kong. Any action and remark which adversely affects the economic development is inconsistent with Hong Kong's interests.' Mr Gao's remarks came after the semi-official China Daily in a signed commentary on Monday described three mass protests on July 1, July 9 and Sunday as a 'conspiracy to subvert Hong Kong's political system'. The article said pro-democracy activists had incited people to attend the demonstrations and used public grievances towards the government as a means of introducing western-style democracy. Mr Gao urged people to unite to achieve a stable social and political environment, which was crucial for Hong Kong to ride out the current economic difficulties. 'It is necessary to uphold the authority of Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa and the SAR government,' he said. 'Boosting the economic development of Hong Kong is the best way to improve people's livelihood and resolve other social issues such as rising unemployment rates. It's meaningless to talk about other issues if we fail to revitalise our economy.' Asked whether the mass protests in the past two weeks had undermined the city's social stability, Mr Gao replied: 'Hong Kong is an economic city, rather than a political city. It will affect social stability if Hong Kong becomes too politicised.' He said the Hong Kong government was communicating with the public on national security legislation. 'I believe that the legislation bill will be completed with the joint efforts of Hong Kong society.' The government was forced to postpone the bill on July 7 after the resignation of James Tien Pei-chun from the Executive Council. Mr Gao's remarks were echoed by the vice-chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Henry Fok Ying-tung. 'Hong Kong people are more concerned with economic affairs than politics,' Mr Fok said. 'Prosperity can only be attained if social stability is maintained.' In a commentary published in the pro-Beijing Ta Kung Pao yesterday, Shi Yinhong, a professor in the school of international studies at Renmin University in Beijing, said someone who enjoyed a good reputation and excelled in public administration should be appointed deputy to Mr Tung to make up for the chief executive's inadequacies. Professor Shi said the Tung administration should be reshuffled on a limited scale in accordance with public opinion. 'The SAR government should quickly improve its governance and strive to raise its credibility by responding to public demand.''