Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has warned against certain student publications that spread “false ideas” such as self-determination for Hong Kong.
In his third policy address on Wednesday, Leung specifically cited the February 2014 issue of the Undergrad, the official magazine of the Hong Kong University Students’ Union, which featured a cover story entitled “Hong Kong people deciding their own fate”.
He said the Undergrad also published a book in 2013 entitled “Hong Kong Nationalism”.
“It advocates that Hong Kong should find a way to self-reliance and self-determination,” Leung said. “Undergrad and other students, including student leaders of the Occupy movement, have misstated some facts.
“We must stay alert. We also ask political figures with close ties to the leaders of the student movement to advise them against putting forward such fallacies,” he said.
While the government fully recognizes the aspirations of students for democracy and their concerns about political reforms, “there is all the more reason for us to commend them for their merits and correct their mistakes”, Leung said.
As university students are the future pillars of society, they should be guided towards a full understanding of the constitutional relationship between China and Hong Kong so that discussions on constitutional development would not be fruitless, he said.
Pro-Beijing newspapers have also criticized the Undergrad for spreading the idea of “Hong Kong independence”.
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