HK talents will play bigger role in China: liaison office chief

28-Jan-2022 Intellasia | TheStandard | 5:02 AM Print This Post

China is filled with opportunities and Hong Kong will take a bigger role in the country’s unprecedented future by utilising its talents, central government’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong director Luo Huining said in his Lunar New Year greeting to the people of the SAR.

In his online speech on Wednesday, Luo expressed his views in one country, two systems, Hong Kong’s future and how the city can achieve effective governance.

He said over the past year, the SAR has turned a new page in launching one country, two systems under the support with the national security law and the two elections of the Election Committee and Legislative Council after electoral reforms.

He said the city has suffered the biggest crises in almost 25 years after handover, referring to the ongoing Covid pandemic and “black-clad violence” during anti-fugitive protests in 2019.

“Although there had always been people who wanted to bring Hong Kong’s democratic development down the wrong path and there had always been people who wanted to mess with Hong Kong, the city has overcome them and has stood firm under the strong leadership of the Chinese Communist Party and the determined support from the motherland,” he said.

“The Pearl of the Orient has reemerged with renewed luster and glamour, and is more charming than ever.”

Luo said he is hopeful for Hong Kong’s future, but the key is that the SAR must have a “historic awareness” of blending into the nation’s development.

“The world’s opportunities lie in China and Hong Kong’s opportunities are on the mainland,” he said. “Negative emotions about Hong Kong’s weakened status and hesitant behaviors will only let Hong Kong’s golden opportunities slip away.”

“Hong Kong can play a bigger role in a once-in-a-century revolution as long as it does it part in displaying its advantages and catering to the nation’s needs,” he said.

But he said SAR authorities and members of the community should join hands in achieving effective governance, resolving deep-rooted conflicts and most importantly, battling the local Covid fifth wave growing at the moment, adding they should not shy away from difficult problems.

National People’s Congress Standing Committee member Tam Yiu-chung said Luo’s speech had given comprehensive answers to key questions about the city’s future, which citizens and sectors have been concerned.

“As Hongkongers, we should have historic confidence towards one country, two systems in in Hong Kong, which President Xi Jinping has said in multiple major events that one country, two systems is practical, achievable and admirable,” he said.


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