China: Improving HK electoral system 'totally constitutional, lawful'
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday said it is entirely constitutional, lawful and justified for the National People's Congress (NPC) to improve Hong Kong's electoral system and ensure "patriots administering Hong Kong."
Wang made the remarks at a press conference on the sidelines of the fourth session of the 13th NPC, where he answered questions from journalists from home and abroad on China's foreign policy and foreign relations.
Chinese lawmakers are in Beijing deliberating a draft decision on improving the electoral system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
Wang refuted concerns that improving the electoral system may undermine "One Country, Two Systems," saying ensuring "patriots administering Hong Kong" is not only necessitated by the need to advance "One Country, Two Systems" but also a constitutional power and responsibility of the NPC. "It is totally constitutional, lawful and justified," Wang stressed.
Viewing loyalty to the motherland a basic political ethic of all public office holders and aspirants anywhere in the world, Wang said Hong Kong is no exception, adding that loving Hong Kong and loving the motherland are consistent requirements.
No one cares more about Hong Kong's democracy and continued prosperity and stability than the Central Government of China, the Chinese foreign minister stated, noting that Hong Kong's shift from chaos to stability fully serves the interests of all parties.
It will provide stronger safeguards for protecting the rights and interests of Hong Kong residents as well as the lawful interests of foreign investors, he added.