Chinese and Hong Kong flags are displayed as part of preparations for celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China, in June 2017. Photo: EPA Chinese and Hong Kong flags are displayed as part of preparations for celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China, in June 2017. Photo: EPA
Chinese and Hong Kong flags are displayed as part of preparations for celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China, in June 2017. Photo: EPA
Regina Ip
Opinion

Opinion

Regina Ip

Why Beijing’s offices in Hong Kong cannot be guilty of interference, despite the legal community’s misgivings

  • Both the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and the liaison office were established before 1997 and so cannot be regarded as departments of the central government established after 1997 under Article 22(1) of the Basic Law
  • The two offices have legitimate power and responsibility to express concern over developments in Hong Kong or issue warnings

Chinese and Hong Kong flags are displayed as part of preparations for celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China, in June 2017. Photo: EPA Chinese and Hong Kong flags are displayed as part of preparations for celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China, in June 2017. Photo: EPA
Chinese and Hong Kong flags are displayed as part of preparations for celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong to China, in June 2017. Photo: EPA
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