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On Wednesday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivered her delayed Policy Address to a half-empty Legislative Council chamber. Opposition members had boycotted the session.
The first part of the title of the Address “Striving Ahead” is a phrase frequently used by Chinese President Xi Jinping in his speeches. Lam detailed the support the Central Government has given the HKSAR and the results she says she achieved during her recent visit to Beijing. The Chief Executive also said it was the first time in 23 years that a specific chapter had been dedicated to upholding “One Country, Two Systems”. In that chapter, she said there is a need to restore Hong Kong’s constitutional order and political system from chaos caused by an inadequate understanding of the Constitution and the Basic Law and by ill-intentioned people influenced by external forces.
With me to talk about the Policy Address are the Honorary Chair of the Liberal Party, James Tien, and the Chairman of the Democratic Party, Wu Chi-wai.
In her fourth Policy Address delivered last week, Chief Executive Carrie Lam dedicated a lengthy chapter to upholding “One Country, Two Systems” and stressed the need for constitutional order. She said that to fully implement the concept formulated by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, requires strict adherence to the Constitution and the Basic Law. Mrs Lam reiterated that there can be no challenge to rulings by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on implementation of the Basic law.
The Joint Declaration, signed in 1984, set out a set of a range of principles which were to remain unchanged for 50 years after 1997.There are different interpretations of how that has worked out and to get the British point of view I am pleased to welcome Andrew Heyn, who is winding up his role as British Consul General to Hong Kong and Macao this week.