Potential candidates who do not acknowledge Hong Kong as a part of China should reconsider taking part in the upcoming Legislative Council elections, Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing said. This comment came amid an ongoing controversy over a new government measure requiring Legco hopefuls to sign an extra form declaring the city an inalienable part of China. Many pro-democracy candidates have refused to abide by the new rule, which targets independence advocates, criticising it as a form of political censorship. Civic Party candidates refuse to sign new form despite head of electoral watchdog saying rule change is legal Tsang, however, dismissed such claims, saying that Legco candidates were legally required to uphold the Basic Law regardless of the additional form. “What the government is now doing is nothing more than pointing out that there are several articles in the Basic Law which candidates should pay special attention to, in view of the fact that some potential candidates may campaign on a platform not entirely consistent with such provisions,” he said. The Legco president added he found it “paradoxical” that independence advocates would want to be members of the legislature. “After all, the Legislative Council is the legislature of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China,” he said. You should not treat people who hold different political views as enemies. Jasper Tsang “If you don’t want to recognise Hong Kong is a part of China, I don’t think you should stand for election.” The Legco president was speaking on the sidelines of a book launch. During the talk, Tsang said that for “one country, two systems” to succeed, parties and groups on either side of the political divide should not aim to destroy their counterparts. “You should not treat people who hold different political views as enemies,” he said.