News By/Courtesy: Riddhima Kedia | 21 May 2020 22:52pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • China indulges to rewrite the basic law of Hong Kong “One Country, Two System”
  • Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) revealed that the political duties and responsibilities of committee members from Hong Kong and Macau will be strengthened.
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On Thursday, China’s leading Communist Party gestured that its upcoming agenda is to take up full control over Hong Kong. An official stated that Beijing plans to help Hong Kong ‘improve’ its mini-constitution by altering the system that has liberated the territory’s level of autonomy for the past 23 years thereby, indulging itself to rewrite the basic law of Hong Kong, “One Country, Two System” framework which is its Mini Constitution.
In the late 1990s, the former European colonies fell back to Chinese rule under a system aimed at preserving their economic systems and ensuring their autonomy, known as “one country, two systems”.
Lately, In Hong Kong the political system has been questioned by students led pro-democracy protests that lasted for months last year, and the hustle has again developed gesturing another round of thoughts.
In the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on Thursday, while delivering the Party’s annual report CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang said, “We will push for the long-term stability of one country, two systems … and continue to support the improvement of implementing the systems and mechanisms of the constitution and basic law”.
The meeting has also revealed that the political duties and responsibilities of committee members from Hong Kong and Macau will be strengthened in the coming year.
Wang mentioned that the committee has issued statements to “solemnly refute” the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act enacted by the US Senate and Congress.
It is uncertain that the chairman did not mention “Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong” or the city’s high degree of autonomy like the previous year.
Sources reveal that the national security law would be a new tool to tackle the political disagreements that erupted on Hong Kong’s streets the previous year.
Last June, months-long violent protests had begun in the territory leading to public health concerns related to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The idea suggests the spotted marks towards Beijing’s crackdown in the former British colony and the clearest indication is that it views Hong Kong as a restive region that has to be brought to heel after last year’s protests.
On Wednesday, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington was “closely watching what’s going on” in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have directly appealed to Washington for intervention, frequently waving American flags on the streets, and seeing themselves as the last bastion of resistance against an increasingly assertive Beijing under President Xi Jinping.
In the opening of the annual meeting of China’s top political advisory body, Wang Yang said “We will ensure the long-term stability of ‘one country, two systems”.
The meeting is the first part of the Two Sessions: political gatherings, which will continue on Friday with the National People’s Congress (NPC), the rubber-stamp parliament.
A big statement: “Beijing has opted for the riskiest route,” said Ho-Fung Hung, a professor of international relations at Johns Hopkins University. “It will show the world that ‘one country, two systems’ is, if not already over, almost over.”
He further said, “it will be very difficult for anyone, especially the United States, to say Hong Kong is still autonomous and viable.”

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 23 May 2020 12:31pm IST


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