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Hong Kong Basic Law

The choice is clear for Hong Kong: be a unique Chinese city or just another one

  • Hong Kong has a long tradition of using British common law, now balanced with the Basic Law
  • Such features must be emphasised to ensure Hong Kong’s status as a special city and not just another part of China
PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 December, 2018, 5:32pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 December, 2018, 5:32pm

Michael Chugani was certainly right to point out some flaws in our administrators at the senior level who have interpreted the trade war situation wrongly, with even the chief executive herself refuting the United States’ criticisms as interference in the internal affairs of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“Why Carrie Lam shouldn’t count on Trump to spare Hong Kong”, November 29).

Her tone was in line with the spokesman from the mainland. It seems that she has forgotten our unique status as a special administrative region. If the Hong Kong SAR is relegated to the status of an ordinary Chinese city, the privileges granted by the US can never be reacquired.

But, at the most critical moment, it seems that the government made a U-turn and approved the visit of the American flotilla led by the aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan. But the errors in judgment of the Hong Kong government are written on the wall.

Why should our senior officials always forget our role as a special administrative region? Actually, their interpretation of the Basic Law reflects their lack of understanding of the tradition of the laws and customs of Hong Kong. In fact, if there is any conflict arising from the interpretation of the Basic Law and British common law, the Basic Law prevails.

The Basic Law may be a child of China’s constitution, but it has come of age

Many elites in Hong Kong always blame our young people for not knowing or understanding our history, but they themselves do not know they have a beam in their eye.

Let me remind you of how David Wilson, our penultimate governor, changed his Chinese name when the Mandarin characters came to mean something quite different and highly inauspicious when rendered in Cantonese.

If our senior officials were to uphold the meaning of that act by Lord Wilson, Hong Kong would always be a unique Chinese city. If not, Hong Kong is just an ordinary Chinese city.

Lo Wai Kong, Yau Ma Tei

No denying that Hong Kong is changing under China

I couldn’t agree more with the opinions expressed by Michael Chugani in his article of November 15 (“A noose is strangling Hong Kong freedoms and our leaders should admit it”). Hong Kong is changing or is being changed and there can be no dispute about this (“Hong Kong is just another Chinese city”, November 20). The merit of those changes is open to debate, but to pretend that there have been no changes feels insincere and can only deepen worries from both inside and outside of Hong Kong.

Lei Shi, PhD student, HKUST