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Beijing intervention undermines Hong Kong's autonomy

Pro-independence lawmaker Yau Wai-ching holds a court ruling as she leaves the High Court in Hong Kong on Nov.15. The court disqualified her and another pro-independence lawmaker from parliament; a week after Beijing said it would not allow the pair to be sworn into office. (Photo AFP)

Charles Tsang, Hong Kong
Hong Kong

December 1, 2016

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It has rarely been suggested that Hong Kong, as a special autonomous city under Chinese rule since 1997, is trouble-free and without quarrels.

Nevertheless, people in Hong Kong have much confidence in our system for dealing with controversies. We are yet to elect our own administration, but we have a partly elected legislature which makes and amends laws as a basis to prescribe duties and rights for different bodies and individuals; whenever there are disputes to be adjudicated, we may rely on a judiciary which is highly respected, internally and internationally.

With an official recognition of Chinese sovereignty over this city, there is a consensus in Hong Kong that it is unnecessary to remove the boundary, in terms of ruling systems and social order, which still runs virtually along the Shenzhen River.

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