Hong Kong streets are back to normal after more than two months of disruption. As soon as the last patch of the Occupy protest had been cleared on Monday, vehicles and shoppers returned. While the public may heave a sigh of relief that the occupation is over at least for now, the road ahead for relations between Beijing and Hong Kong will never be the same. Take the tough rhetoric from the mainland. Chen Zuoer, formerly No 2 at the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, said the city and the country were not on an equal footing. That means two systems cannot come before one country; nor should our capitalistic way of life and prosperity override socialism, national interest and security. He urged the city to reflect deeply, adding that "small fixes" would not work. The spirit is in line with Beijing's white paper on one country, two systems which says the public has yet to grasp its true meaning after 17 years. The message was further amplified by another official from the state parliament's legal affairs body, who stressed the need to inspire the people with a stronger national identity and better understanding of one country two systems. The remarks have been taken as a sign of Beijing tightening its grip. The "re-enlightenment" call has also fuelled concerns that the national education curriculum, which was shelved due to fears of political brain-washing two years ago, may be revived. Yesterday, the chief executive said the government would spare no efforts in promoting the Basic Law. Whether he will further talk about our post-Occupy relations with Beijing will be closely watched. The soul searching is as much for Hong Kong as for Beijing. Hongkongers should come to realise that Beijing, while being generous with economic goodwill measures, will not yield to demands it sees as having negative political implications at the national level. On the other hand, Beijing should appreciate that the locals are not used to restrictions imposed from the top. Time and again, people take to the streets to defend their freedoms and rights, and stand up for what they want. The fundamental differences in the core values of the two systems cannot be brushed aside. The principle of one country two systems is built on healthy Beijing-Hong Kong relations. Unfortunately, it has been undermined by the Occupy protest. To bridge the divide, both sides need to review their approach and be more receptive to each other's views.