Zhang Xiaoming, director of Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, said no one should work against the right of the central government’s rule in Hong Kong or spread messages calling for Hong Kong independence through claims of high degree of autonomy, Apple Daily reported Thursday.
Speaking at the annual spring cocktail hosted by Beijing’s Liaison Office, Zhang also said patriotic education for young people should be given a higher priority.
He reiterated that political reform in the territory must be implemented according to the decisions made by the National People’s Congress (NPC) on Aug. 31, 2014.
Zhang heaped praises on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and the police for their handling of the Occupy protests.
The pan-democratic camp said Zhang’s remarks violated the “two systems” protocols, adding that his speech was an attempt to interfere with the administration of Hong Kong.
Around 4,000 people attended the annual spring cocktail at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday night. They included Sin Chung-kai of the Democratic Party, Ronny Tong of the Civic Party, and Dennis Kwok, also of the Civic Party.
Kwok said he passed on a letter to the legal department of the Liaison Office, and was promised it would given to NPC Standing Committee chairman Zhang Dejiang.
Legislator Kwok Ka-ki was refused entry by security guards when he insisted holding a yellow umbrella.
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