Date
26 September 2017
Leung Chun-ying (L) met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Sunday to give an update on the political situation in Hong Kong. Photo: Xinhua
Leung Chun-ying (L) met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Sunday to give an update on the political situation in Hong Kong. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong must safeguard rule of law: Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping said on Sunday that he supports the Hong Kong government’s efforts to maintain social order and safeguard the rule of law, and that Beijing will continue to uphold the “one country, two systems” principle.

The central government backs democratic development in Hong Kong but it should be done within the framework of the Basic Law to ensure the territory’s long-term stability and prosperity, Xi said as he met Hong Kong’s chief executive Leung Chun-ying in the Chinese capital.

The talks between Leung and Xi came on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministerial summit, and marked their first meeting since the Occupy protests began in Hong Kong in late September.

After the meeting, Leung told reporters that central leaders have voiced support for him and his administration and the police’s handling of the protests, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.

The Occupy movement, the largest ever mass event in Hong Kong since the city’s return to Chinese rule, has posed a severe threat to the rule of law and social order, Leung told Beijing’s leaders.

The Hong Kong government has been giving updates to Beijing on a daily basis over the last month, he said.

The chief executive, however, did not respond directly when asked whether he had passed on a request from the Hong Kong Federation of Students for a direct dialogue with the Chinese leaders.

Academics and pan-democrats have criticized Leung for alleging that the Occupy movement has severely impacted the rule of law in the city. 

Pro-constitution groups, meanwhile, said the comments are a pretty accurate description of the current situation in Hong Kong.

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