Beijing envoy in Hong Kong urges preparedness against ‘significant political and legal incidents’ this year
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A senior Beijing envoy has warned Hong Kong to be prepared against “certain significant political and legal incidents” this year, while describing the city’s top official as having got off to a good start since taking office last July.
Huang Lanfa, a deputy director of the central government liaison office in Hong Kong, asked that the incidents be addressed “in an active and proper manner”, according to a mainland media report.
Huang raised the issue at a seminar in Shenzhen organised by the semi-official mainland think tank, the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies, People’s Daily reported.
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He added that critics of the plan refused to accept the new constitutional order of the special administrative region that was established based on China’s constitution and the Basic Law.
Zhang said critics of the plan were declining to accept the new constitutional order of the special administrative region that was established upon China’s constitution and the Basic Law after Hong Kong was handed over from British rule in 1997.
The People’s Daily report did not mention if Zhang had named those critics.
The Hong Kong Bar Association said the NPCSC’s ruling lacked a legal basis and that the plan could not be considered constitutional just because the body said it was.
The People’s Daily report said speakers at the seminar anticipated the city’s future would be good but warned it needed to “stay away from political disputes”.
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