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HKSAR government supports NPCSC's interpretation


11-09-2016 04:53 BJT

China's central authorities have warned against Hong Kong independence forces as the national legislature adopts an interpretation of an article of Hong Kong's Basic law.  It relates to oath taking by local public officers. Lawmakers approved it by a unanimous vote.  And the interpretation has comprehensive support from all sectors of Hong Kong society.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying says he and his government support the interpretation and will shoulder the responsibility to ensure a sound implementation.

"...the Hong Kong people have the duty to uphold national unity, territorial integrity and security, as well as the dignity and interests of the Chinese nation," he said.

Leung made the remarks shortly after the national legislature passed and published the interpretation.

"The basis of Article 104 of the Basic Law, is to uphold one country, and to acknowledge Hong Kong as an inalienable part of China," said Li Fei, chairman, NPC Basic Law Committee.

The interpretation notes that individuals will be barred from assuming office if they fail to "lawfully and validly" take their oaths.

Less than a month ago, two Hong Kong legislators-elect publicly advocated "Hong Kong independence" and insulted the Chinese nation at their swearing-in.

Local officials have welcomed the interpretation

"This is the question of the sovereignty of the country, the issue of dignity and the territorial integrity. At this time, it's necessary for the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress to adopt the interpretation," said Zhang Zhigang, One Country Two Systems Research Institute.

"Hong Kong independence forces are not allowed. This is a good lesson for the whole community to know what the regulations are, which is for the Hong Kong Government and the community to comply with," said Chen Wenhong, Chuhai College of Higher Education.

The explanation has gained wide support from those in Hong Kong who say independence forces would harm both the country and the city.

"One country, two systems" holds that Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China.

Hong Kong is important to China and still the third most important financial center in the world.

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