30 Dec 2010

Category    One Country Two Systems Principle
Issue Zhao Lianhai
News Content Mr. Wang Guangya, director of the State Council’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, asked Hong Kong not to interfere with the mainland judiciary in the ways it handles the tainted-milk activist Zhao Lianhai. Asked if the joint letter from a group of Hong Kong NPC members to the Supreme People’s Court calling for the release of Zhao Lianhai amounted to interference, Wang said: ‘It depends on the way of expression. Under ‘one country, two systems’, well water should not intrude into river water. The NPC deputies denied having meddled in the mainland judiciary, saying it was their job as state lawmakers to monitor national affairs. They also said they did not see Wang’s remarks as being aimed at them.
Questions Mr. Wang should be noted that the letter was signed by a group of Hong Kong NPC members, who are state lawmakers, and whose duty is to monitor national affairs. They are fully entitled to make such a ‘petition’. Besides, the old saying of ‘well water should not intrude into river’ is not valid in this case. We do remember when and how we first encounter this expression. It was used by the Communist party general secretary Jiang Zemin in the aftermath of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown as a warning against Hong Kong meddling in mainland affairs. It was long before 1997. And now Hong Kong is the Special Administrative Region of People’s Republic of China. Thus we are in a one county. And two systems in ‘one country two systems principle refer to socialism and capitalism. If interpretation is allowed on the article 5, Chapter 1 of the Basic Law, the ‘one country two systems’ principle may be perceived as a way to protect the capitalist system and way of life in Hong Kong.