Beijing experts say HK’s civil servants and students need to be educated on Chinese constitution and Basic Law

05-Dec-2019 Intellasia | South China Morning Post | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Hong Kong’s civil servants and young people need to know more about the Chinese constitution and the Basic Law, which two Beijing experts said were the foundation of the city’s well-being.

Renmin University law professor Han Dayuan, who sits on the Basic Law Committee which advises the national legislature on the city’s mini-constitution, and Wang Zhimin, director of the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong, were speaking at a high-powered forum on Wednesday attended by about 700 people, including the city’s top officials, politicians, and secondary school students.

The event in Hong Kong was organised to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the promulgation of the 1982 Chinese constitution.

Speaking during a 30-minute speech, Han highlighted the Chinese constitution and national sovereignty as foundations of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, which was established when the city was handed back by the British in 1997.

Wang Zhimin, director of the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong, attends the 2019 National Constitution Day forum at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. (SCMP)

Wang Zhimin, director of the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong, attends the 2019 National Constitution Day forum at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. (SCMP)

Referring to Beijing’s “one country, two systems” governing principle for Hong Kong, Han said: “We must insist on one country as the prerequisite and foundation of two systems.”

Han’s remarks came a day after Li Zhanshu, the chair of the National People’s Congress, suggested Hong Kong should learn from Macau when it came to protecting national security.

Han also touched on the ongoing civil unrest that has gripped the city since June.

“Hong Kong is now facing the most serious challenge since the handover,” he said. “We must fully acknowledge the achievements we made in the past 22 years, and reflect on the problems.

“Such as how to strengthen constitutional and Basic Law education for public officers and young people, and boost young people’s sense of recognition towards the constitution and the country.”

The loyalty of the city’s civil servants, and grievances of young people, caught the attention of Chinese leaders after some government employees and thousands of students were arrested in protests since June.

“We must not doubt the great implementation of one country, two systems because of the challenges and problems we faced, we must not lose confidence in the principle,” Han said.

In a separate speech, Wang urged Hong Kong to safeguard the political order stipulated under the Chinese constitution and the Basic Law, describing such act as a basic requirement in implementing one country, two systems comprehensively and accurately.

“It ensures that Hong Kong people can live and do business safely and happily,” Wang said. “Otherwise, a small minority could destroy the society and chaos would not end.”

He criticised radicals for trampling on the rule of law and challenging Beijing’s governing policy on Hong Kong over the past few months.

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