Principle of “Patriots governing Hong Kong” to be discussed tomorrow during forum, Xia Baolong to give opening speech

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21st February 2021 – (Hong Kong) It is widely rumoured in the political circles that Beijing will take action in the “two sessions” held by the Chinese Association of Hong Kong & Macao Studies next month to drastically revise Hong Kong’s electoral system. In the past few days, former liaison office legal chief Wang Zhenmin,  President of the Chinese Constitutional Law Society, Han Dayuan and others have talked about “patriots governing Hong Kong” to create momentum for political reform.

The Chinese Association of Hong Kong & Macao Studies will hold a forum on Monday (21st) to connect Beijing, Hong Kong, and Macau. It is reported that Xia Baolong, director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, will give an opening speech, setting the tone for the principle of “patriots governing Hong Kong” and heralding major changes. Lau Siu-kai, vice chairman of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong & Macao Studies, pointed out that the central government has elevated the principle of “patriots governing Hong Kong” to an unprecedented strategic height, including the inevitable reform of the electoral system.

The forum will be held in Beijing from 9am to 12.30pm on Monday. This will be the first time Xia Baolong will make an important public speech since he took office in February last year. Scholars from Hong Kong and Macao will also be connected via video, and about 4 to 5 people will speak.

When President Xi Jinping heard the report of Chief Executive Carrie Lam earlier, he emphasised that to ensure the stability and long-term implementation of “One Country, Two Systems” principle in Hong Kong, China must insist on the fundamental principle of “patriots governing Hong Kong” in order to effectively implement full governance including major move to reform Hong Kong’s electoral system. Lau Siu-kai pointed out that any major policies and issues set out by the central government will definitely attract attention.

The central government has made up its mind to solve Hong Kong’s problems in one go, including implementing national security, overhauling the political system, reforming the electoral system to prevent the opposition from seizing power through elections.

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