In reply to the outside world’s critics about the recent distorted Legislative Council election in Hong Kong, mainland experts on city affairs have argued that the Communist Party and Chinese people are the drafter and defenders of Hong Kong’s emerging brand of democracy SCMP reported. But their fallacy was exposed. It was full of loopholes and lacked consistency, which caused satire from the readers.
“The Chinese constitution and Hong Kong’s Basic Law laid down the foundation for democratic development in Hong Kong. In a press conference in Beijing on Monday, Wang Zhenmin, director of Tsinghua’s Centre for Hong Kong and Macau Studies, said, “the Chinese Communist Party and the Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots, own the intellectual property of Hong Kong democracy.”
“Whoever genuinely loves and cares about Hong Kong can sense the words full of emotions and selfless love between the lines after reading the white paper,” said the Tsinghua University law professor.
However, while being asked about the goal of enacting universal suffrage for Hong Kong’s chief executive and lawmakers stated in this white paper, Wang was silent for a bit then said, “the timeline would be altered based on practical realities.”
The white paper, which specified Beijing’s views on developing Hong Kong democracy with its own “characteristics,” was delivered the day after the first Legislative Council election since the CCP’s so-called “patriots-only” overhaul of the city’s political system according to SCMP. “Patriots” here implies only those who support the dictatorship of the CCP.
The ensuing political revamp kicked the mainstream opposition out of the Dec. 19 Legco poll, enabling the pro-establishment bloc to seize all but one of the body’s 90 seats.
The overhaul also reduced the number of directly elected seats from 35 to 20, while creating a new 40-seat constituency hand-picked by the newly empowered Election Committee. Mostly trade-based functional constituencies returned the remaining 30 seats, SCMP explained.
Articles 45 and 68 of the Basic Law stipulate the method for selecting the chief executive and lawmakers to be specified “in light of the actual situation” in Hong Kong and “in accordance with the principle of gradual and orderly progress.”
Han Dayuan, a member of the Basic Law Committee, which advises Beijing on Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, also spoke at the conference organised by the State Council Information Office. He said, “Democracy is empty talk when national security is not properly safeguarded.”
In reality, since the national security law took force last year, Beijing has unleashed a stampede of actions to bring Hong Kong into political lock step with the CCP: arresting activists, seizing assets, firing government workers, detaining newspaper editors and rewriting school curriculums, New York Times reported.
Below the article on SCMP, many readers were showing their satire. For example, in reply to the most upvoted comment: “You really can’t make this stuff up,” a reader has said: “Great laugh over a few beers in the pub … Agreed!.”