Date
18 December 2017
Zhou Bo, vice director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, will be on hand to thrash out a controversial white paper on Hong Kong. Photo: China Economic Net
Zhou Bo, vice director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, will be on hand to thrash out a controversial white paper on Hong Kong. Photo: China Economic Net

Top Beijing officials to explain white paper

Top officials from Beijing are coming to Hong Kong to explain the details of a controversial white paper that has rattled the public ahead of a civil referendum on electoral reform.

They include Zhou Bo, vice director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, and Zhang Rongshun, deputy director of the Basic Law committee, Wen Wei Po reported Wednesday.

In a statement on its website Tuesday, the Hong Kong government said the white paper sets out the “one country, two systems” principle whose unique advantages have benefited Hong Kong.

The government will invite related officials to help Hong Kong people better understand the document.

Chief executive Leung Chun-ying said Hong Kong’s prosperity is an important pillar of China achieving its dream and a key achievement in the modernization of the political system, the statement said.

Hong Kong is facing a new situation and problems under the “one country, two systems” as it continues to develop in all areas, but the people have yet to adapt to the historical change, Leung said, citing the white paper.

They have an unclear and fragmented understanding of the constitution and the Basic Law, he said.

A civil referendum scheduled for June 20-22 will ask voters the best way forward under a public nomination model for Hong Kong’s next chief executive election in 2017. 

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