Hong Kong and Macau delegates to China’s top political advisory body have been told they should focus on two major tasks in the coming year.
The first is to deepen the cooperation between the mainland and the two regions.
The second, which is something new, is to actively take part in work related to young people.
Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), told the delegates at the opening of the CPPCC sessions Thursday that they “should extensively and deeply participate in work related to young people”.
That was not mentioned in Yu’s work report last year, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Reviewing the CPPCC’s efforts over the past year, he said Hong Kong and Macau delegates had organized inspection trips to the mainland for local youth groups to help young people gain more experience and enhance their national consciousness by observing developments in the mainland in person.
Yu also reiterated that the CPPCC will act strictly according to the constitution and the Basic Law for each of the two special administrative regions and will support their chief executives and governments.
While his work report contained only about 300 words related to Hong Kong, compared with nearly 800 words last year, Yu clearly tried to stress the importance of work related to young people.
That was a natural response from Beijing after the Occupy movement in 2014 and the Mong Kok clashes last month, since both were led by young people, some delegates noted.
Hong Kong delegate Lau Siu-kai, who is vice-chairman of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies, said Beijing has been worried that young people in Hong Kong would become a force that divides the nation, and therefore asked delegates from the city to work harder to improve the situation.
Welcoming the remarks in Yu’s report, former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen urged the chief executive and the government to heed what citizens and young people have to say.
Political commentator Johnny Lau Yui-siu said he questions the effectiveness of Beijing’ s latest call for more effort to be put into work related to young people.
He said only the achievements but not the faults of the mainland were shown to the tens of thousands of young Hongkongers who were invited to visit the mainland every year, and that has made them doubtful about what the real situation is.
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