Date
18 December 2017
Distrust of Beijing has grown sharply in Hong Kong following China's recent white paper and the rigid stance on political reforms. Photo: AFP
Distrust of Beijing has grown sharply in Hong Kong following China's recent white paper and the rigid stance on political reforms. Photo: AFP

Hongkongers’ confidence in ‘one country, two systems’ plummets

Hong Kong people’s confidence in the “one country, two systems” promise has plummeted following Beijing’s recent white paper on the special administrative region and the failure to deliver true universal suffrage for the 2017 chief executive election, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

Among 1,000 citizens surveyed by the Public Opinion Programme (POP) of the University of Hong Kong between September 4 and 11, only 38 percent said they are confident about the promise, compared with 47 percent who expressed such confidence in a previous survey in June.

Meanwhile, 56 percent said they have lost confidence, up from 46 percent in the previous survey.

That marks a record low confidence in the “one country, two systems” formula since the survey began in 1993.

Net value of the confidence ratio in the survey had been double digits above zero most of the time since Beijing reclaimed sovereignty of Hong Kong before it dropped below 10 percent for the first time in February 2003.

Similar results were also seen in relation to the public’s faith in the governments of Beijing and Hong Kong.

According to the survey, only 36 percent of people still have trust in the Hong Kong government and 30 percent in the Beijing government, down from 41 percent and 34 percent in June, respectively. The ratio for those who distrust in the Hong Kong government rose seven points to 43 percent, and the distrust ratio in Beijing government jumped 11 points to 52 percent.

As for confidence in the future of Hong Kong, those who hold a positive view dropped to 43 percent from 49 percent, while those who are negative rose to 48 percent from 42 percent. The net value of minus-4 percent was the lowest since April 2003.

Democratic Party founder Martin Lee Chu-ming said falling confidence in “one country, two systems” is evidently linked to Beijing’s June white paper and the shattered dream of real universal suffrage for picking Hong Kong’s leader.

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