Beijing: Enemies Want Hong Kong to Become Pawn in Geopolitics

Saturday, 12-June-2021 16:00

A view of Hong Kong
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A view of Hong Kong

HONG KONG, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Chinese government's top representative in Hong Kong says those trying to turn the city into "pawns in geopolitics" were "real enemies," and that Beijing was a true defender of the city's special status.

Luo Huining, director of the Hong Kong Liaison Office for China, told a forum on Saturday (06/12/2021) that the financial hub, a former British colony handed over to China in 1997, remains one of the world's most competitive economies, the South China Morning Post reported.

"Those who are trying to turn Hong Kong into a pawn in geopolitics, a tool to contain China, as well as a bridge to infiltrate the mainland, are destroying the foundation of the one country, two systems," Luo said, referring to the formula agreed at the time. The British handed the city back in order to preserve its freedom and role as a financial center.

"They are the real enemies of Hong Kong's prosperity and stability," he said, without identifying any persons or group.

Luo said the ruling Communist Party is "the creator, leader, implementer and defender of one country two systems."

Despite such assurances, many Hong Kong residents have over the past few years become concerned about what they see as Beijing's attempts to curtail its freedoms, as reported by Reuters and monitored by Antara.

The Liaison Office did not answer calls outside of normal business hours to confirm the speech content, and did not immediately respond to fax inquiries.

Anxiety among many Hong Kong residents grew in 2014 when pro-democracy protesters took to the streets to demand universal suffrage. Demonstrations intensified again in 2019, fueled by opposition to judicial reforms that many saw as a threat to their way of life.

Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on the city last June that stymied the pro-democracy movement and raised new concerns about the city's prospects.

Supporters of the law say it has restored order and improved the economic prospects of Hong Kong, which Luo says is among the most competitive in the world, despite fears it will deteriorate under Chinese rule.

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