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Hong Kong and Beijing will naturally speak with one voice on ‘one country’

  • If the issue is ‘one country’ and not ‘two systems’, Carrie Lam’s statements will naturally sound like those of the Communist Party
  • As for the trade war, those of us who have the fortitude do not want to be treated as separate from the mainland, no matter what the cost
PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 December, 2018, 8:02am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 December, 2018, 1:31pm

Your correspondent Lo Wai-kong would do well to distinguish between “one-country” and “two-systems” issues (“Senior officials forget our city’s special status”, December 16).

When it is a “one country” issue, whether it arose in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or the mainland, then rightly the senior officials of the SAR and mainland speak with one voice.

The Andy Chan Ho-tin/Victor Mallet case, over the Foreign Correspondents’ Club hosting the convenor of the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party for a lunchtime talk on August 14, was a “one country” issue involving national security. Rightly, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and mainland officials sang from the same hymn book.

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Likewise the trade war (“US will suffer as well if city’s trade status is changed, Carrie Lam warns”, November 15). So what if the US ceases to treat Hong Kong as a separate customs territory? In fact, those of us who have the fortitude do not want to be treated as separate from the mainland, no matter what financial benefits we might thus lose.

Peter Lok, Heng Fa Chuen