This is the first LegCo election since the central government reformed the electoral system of the Hong Kong SAR and is of paramount importance for the implementation of the principle of “patriots governing Hong Kong”. Over a million voters in Hong Kong are crushing lies and smear campaigns. This Legco election is fair, equitable, open, safe and clean, and the democratic rights of voters are fully respected and protected, demonstrating the broad representation, political inclusiveness, balanced participation and fair competition of the new SAR electoral system from Hong Kong. It is a successful practice of the Hong Kong SAR electoral system.
On Monday, the Information Office of the Chinese State Council released a white paper titled “Hong Kong: Democratic Progress as One Country, Two Systems.” As the development of democracy in Hong Kong finds itself at a critical juncture, the white paper presents a comprehensive review of the origin and development of democracy in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the positive attitude and principles central government to advance Hong Kong democracy, as well as the bright future of democratic development in Hong Kong.
By the mid-18th century, Britain exercised typical colonial rule over Hong Kong. A governor has been appointed to rule on behalf of Britain without the people of Hong Kong ever being consulted. Local Chinese have long been excluded from governance bodies and have been denied participation in the governance of Hong Kong. After returning to China in 1997, Hong Kong was included in the system of national government. The Basic Law is the constitutional document of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It enshrines in a legal document the important concepts of a country, two systems, “the people of Hong Kong administering Hong Kong” and a high degree of autonomy, which chart the course for the development of democracy in Hong Kong. The Chinese state and political systems have determined that Hong Kong will establish a system of democracy after returning to China. The Chinese government remains committed to developing democracy in the Hong Kong SAR. The Constitution and the Basic Law together create the constitutional basis of the Hong Kong SAR. The CCP and the Chinese government designed, created, safeguarded and advanced the democratic system in Hong Kong. The establishment of democratic institutions and the exercise of democracy in Hong Kong would not have been possible if China had not resumed the exercise of its sovereignty over Hong Kong. This would not have been possible without the deep concern of the CCP and the Chinese government for the people of Hong Kong, and without their commitment to the principle of one country, two systems.
The instigators of the disorder have questioned the authority of the Constitution and the Basic Law, with the aim of seizing power in Hong Kong in recent years. These anti-Chinese agitators openly challenge the principle of One country, two systems, constitutional order and the rule of law in Hong Kong. They carry out activities detrimental to China’s national security and the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong, with the aim of derailing the development of democracy in the region. This has had a serious impact on the social environment and on the progress towards democracy. Some Western countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, have smeared the new electoral system by organizing the so-called “Summit for Democracy” and by publishing the “Semi-Annual Report on Hong Kong” and inciting anti-elements. -Chinese to disrupt the electoral order during the election, and discredited the election results. It seriously interferes with the orderly development of democracy in Hong Kong and seriously violates the democratic rights of the people of Hong Kong. What they did further exposed their intention to disrupt Hong Kong and use Hong Kong to contain China. All of this demonstrates that Hong Kong’s agitators and the external groups behind them must be held accountable for hampering its progress towards democracy.
To fully express the principle of the Hong Kong patriots ruling Hong Kong, fill the gaps in the previous electoral system, improve democracy in Hong Kong and promote good governance, the central government has taken a series of decisive measures such as the implementation of the Hong Kong national security. The law, the improvement of the electoral system, and the formulation of rules allowing Hong Kong officials to take an oath that tackles both the symptoms and the root causes of the unrest, restored order and restored both Hong Kong and the democracy on track. By giving approval to modify the modalities for the election of the chief executive and the legislative council, by setting a timetable for universal suffrage and by developing a roadmap for the election of the chief executive by suffrage universal, its people have much more access to political participation and enjoy more democratic rights than ever before. Democracy in Hong Kong is flourishing.
With more than 20 years of experience, the CCP and the Chinese government have gained a deeper and clearer understanding of how to develop democracy in accordance with the policies of one country, two systems and in line with the realities of Hong Kong. We will continue to take stronger steps to move democracy in the right direction with greater confidence. With the entry into force of the Hong Kong National Security Law and the strengthening of the principle of the Hong Kong Patriots ruling Hong Kong, the rights and freedom of the people have been better protected. It will promote the orderly progress of democracy in Hong Kong, improve governance capacity and benefit all local residents.
Under the pretext of so-called democracy and human rights, some American politicians have turned a blind eye to the basic facts in Hong Kong and the expectations of the people there. They don’t care about long-term stability and security in the Chinese metropolis. What they are looking for is to create more disruption in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is China’s Hong Kong, and its affairs are purely China’s internal affairs. These attempts to spoil Hong Kong and contain China’s development will never succeed.
Chang Hua is the Chinese Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran