Top Chinese Official Outlines Plan to Ensure 'Patriots' Run Hong Kong

Yolanda Curtis
February 26, 2021

A top Chinese official on Monday outlined plans to ensure only "patriots" run Hong Kong as Beijing seeks to neuter any remaining democratic opposition and take a more direct role in how the business hub is run.

Hong Kong's government has also ordered the Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines. Some secessionists and extreme anti-government forces spread secessionist ideas, opposing the authority of the central government, instigating dissatisfaction toward the mainland and recklessly interfering in the governance process of the HKSAR government, forcing society as a whole to pay a heavy price for it.

"Patriots love the country, more specifically, the People's Republic of China", the Global Times explained.

"China is trying to change the rules so pro-Beijing candidates win", one pro-democracy activist said.

"The CCP is the creator and leader of the "one country, two systems" model".

In comments to Lam in late January, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Hong Kong should be governed by "patriots" in order to ensure the city's stability following unprecedented unrest in 2019.

Hong Kongers are therefore looking closely at what the next meeting might bring.

Governance by patriots is expected and necessary, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Monday, adding that potential electoral reforms are not meant to pressure any specific political groups.

Lam said Tuesday she understands why officials in Beijing "do not want the situation to deteriorate further in such a way that "one country, two systems" can not be implemented". Lam's five-year term will conclude early next year.

European Union foreign ministers on Monday discussed the possibility of further action against Chinese authorities, including restrictions on extradition to China, as Beijing looks set to intensify its crackdown on Hong Kong.

The Legislative Council will debate the Bill on March 17.

The EU should also coordinate joint outreach to Beijing and Hong Kong with the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Norway and Switzerland, according to the paper.

Andrew Leung, the pro-Beijing president of Hong Kong's legislature, told reporters on Monday that Xia was "outlining the red lines for people holding high offices in Hong Kong".

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