Date
17 December 2017
Chen Xinxin of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences says Beijing's new document is aimed at thwarting distorted interpretations of Hong Kong's Basic Law. Photo: Xinhua
Chen Xinxin of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences says Beijing's new document is aimed at thwarting distorted interpretations of Hong Kong's Basic Law. Photo: Xinhua

China aims to nix misinterpretations of Basic Law, academic says

China has unveiled the white paper on Hong Kong as some people have deliberately misinterpreted the Basic Law, according to Chen Xinxin, a law researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Although those people understand the Basic Law, they have been distorting the definition of many clauses in the Law on purpose, Chen said. That is “why the cabinet needed to remind them,” he said. 

The white paper has nothing to do with the June 22 informal referendum on Hong Kong’s political reform, Rao Geping, a member of the Basic Law Committee and a law professor at Peking University, said.

“The white paper is an approach adopted by the [central] government to express its views and opinions on certain social issues,” Rao was quoted as saying in an interview in Beijing.

The State Council on Tuesday published a white paper detailing the “one country, two systems” practice in Hong Kong, stressing the principle as a basic state policy despite new circumstances.

It marked the first time that Beijing had issued such a document after the handover of the former British colony in 1997.

“It’s necessary for the central government to stress its firm stance on the ‘one country, two systems’ practice,” Rao was quoted as saying.

“Some people in Hong Kong have not yet felt comfortable with the changes. Some are still confused or even lopsided in their understanding of ‘one country, two systems’ and the Basic Law. Many wrong views that are currently rife in Hong Kong concerning its economy, society and development of its political structure are attributable to this,” the white paper said.

The Hong Kong government has welcomed the document, and urged the public to gain good understanding of it.

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