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Wang Yang [汪洋], a member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference chaired a bi-weekly meeting of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at which it was reported (13 May 2022) that the topic of discussion was “进一步提升爱国爱港爱澳力量能力建设” [Further enhance the capacity building of patriotism and love of country for Hong Kong and Macau].
There is little by way of surprise in terms of policy and implementation by the central authorities of the New Era version of the One Country Two Systems principle. Its peculiar interest was its timing, coming close to the time of the elections held under the new system for Hong Kong, one that has been widely criticized in the liberal democratic camp (eg here) but which accords well with the continued efforts to more intimately align Hong Kong governance with core principles of Socialist Democracy and Socialist democratic working styles. Yet that effort, one that helped fuel the protests in 2019 and the legislative interventions of the United States thereafter, is precisely the ongoing "problem" of Hong Kong. And that was precisely the point of the meeting of the CPPCC National Committee, but pointed in the opposite direction ("The election followed major changes to Hong Kong's electoral laws last year to ensure that only "patriots" loyal to Beijing can hold office. The legislature was also reorganized to all but eliminate opposition voices." Here).This is a political line that can be traced back to 1984 and the fundamental approach of the Chinese authorities toward Hing Kong:
Some requirements or qualifications should be established with regard to the administration of Hong Kong affairs by the people of Hong Kong. It must be required that patriots form the main body of administrators, that is, of the future government of the Hong Kong special region. Of course it should include other Chinese, too, as well as foreigners invited to serve as advisers. What is a patriot? A patriot is one who respects the Chinese nation, sincerely supports the motherland’s resumption of sovereignty over Hong Kong and wishes not to impair Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability. Those who meet these requirements are patriots, whether they believe in capitalism or feudalism or even slavery. We don’t demand that they be in favour of China’s socialist system; we only ask them to love the motherland and Hong Kong. (Deng Xiaoping, "One Country Two Systems" (Summation of separate talks with members of a Hong Kong industrial and commercial delegation and with Sze-yuen Chung and other prominent Hong Kong figures) 22-23 June 1984).
The reporting of the event, in the original Chinese and in a crude English translation follows. The most interesting parts include the continued heavy emphasis on the re-education of the young. The effects not just on the curriculum., but on pedagogy and on the behavior of faculty will likely become a subject of greater scrutiny. It is an area ripe for social credit mechanisms. The other focuses on the creation of incentive programs to reward people who are deemed to be working toward the protection and expansion of the Hong Kong and Macao patriotic front. Here we have very traditional wine in new bottles--but one in which the older generations will be dealt with and the younger generations cultivated and properly trained so that their orientation will be quite different from that of their parents and more aligned with the expectations of the Mainland. And to that, it is worth considering another old vantage in a new bottle: Mao Zedong, The Orientation of the Youth Movement (speech was delivered by Comrade Mao Tse-tung at a mass meeting of youth in Yenan to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the May 4th Movement (4 May 1939)).
全国政协召开双周协商座谈会 围绕“进一步提升爱国爱港爱澳力量能力建设”协商议政 汪洋主持
2022-05-13 22:48:21 来源： 新华网
5月13日，十三届全国政协第62次双周协商座谈会在北京召开。中共中央政治局常委、全国政协主席汪洋主持会议。新华社记者 张领 摄
The National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference held a bi-weekly negotiation symposium on "further enhancing the capacity building of patriotism, Hong Kong and Macao", chaired by Wang
2022-05-13 22:48:21 Source: Xinhua|
Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, May 13. The 62nd biweekly consultation symposium of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference was held in Beijing on the 13th. Wang Yang, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, presided over the meeting. He emphasized that it is necessary to thoroughly study and implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping's important expositions on Hong Kong and Macao work, deeply understand the inevitability and urgency of enhancing the capacity building of patriotic Hong Kong and Macao forces, and adhere to the fundamental principles of "patriots governing Hong Kong" and "patriots governing Macao" Principles, adhere to the principle of greater unity and solidarity, focus on the backbone forces, consolidate the basic forces, nurture new forces, and strive to elevate the ability to grasp politics, ideological leadership, unity and cooperation, the ability to connect with the masses, and the ability to solve problems and ensure the stable and long-term implementation of "one country, two systems".
On May 13, the 62nd biweekly consultation symposium of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference was held in Beijing. Wang Yang, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, presided over the meeting. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Zhang Ling
Eleven members of the CPPCC and specially invited representatives spoke at the meeting, and more than 90 members expressed their opinions on the platform for members of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference to perform their duties. Members congratulated Li Jiachao for being elected as the new Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and expressed confidence in the harmonious, stable and prosperous development of Hong Kong. Everyone believes that since the return of Hong Kong and Macao, the forces that love the country and love Hong Kong and Macao have thoroughly implemented the "one country, two systems" policy, firmly upheld the Constitution and the Basic Law, firmly supported the Chief Executive and the SAR government in governing according to law, and have done a lot of work and played an especially important role. It has been tested and demonstrated responsibility in the struggle. At the same time, in the context of the great changes in the world unseen in a century and the overall strategy of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, there are still some shortcomings and weaknesses in the capacity building of patriotism, Hong Kong and Macao, and all relevant parties still need to make arduous efforts.
The committee members suggested that the enhancement of the political level and governance capacity of the Hong Kong and Macao governance teams should be placed in a prominent position, with education on the Constitution, the Basic Law and national conditions as the starting point, and safeguarding the overall interests of the country and Hong Kong and Macao as the basis, and striving to build a vision of "the greatness of the country". A SAR governance team and civil servants with a sense of responsibility. It is necessary to guide the political groups that love the country, love Hong Kong and Macao to improve their political positions, find their own positioning, grasp the focus of work, promote self-innovation, strengthen internal management, adhere to the direction of grassroots, younger, and new, and further expand contacts and enhance influence. It is necessary to focus on uniting and cohesive professionals from all walks of life, and expand the camp of patriotism and love for Hong Kong and Macau. It is necessary to strengthen the building of reserve forces that love the country, love Hong Kong and Macao, widely attract young people to participate in and deliberation, pay attention to different positions and grass-roots practice training, and support young people from Hong Kong and Macao to develop in the mainland. It is necessary to optimize the team structure of the CPPCC members of Hong Kong and Macao, support and guide the members of the Hong Kong and Macao Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference to be a good example and lead in building consensus, take the initiative to act in advising and support the government, and dare to speak up in complex struggles. It is necessary to continue to strengthen patriotic education for young people in Hong Kong and Macao, and optimize the social environment such as education, public opinion, and justice, so as to ensure that the spirit of patriotism and love for Hong Kong and Macao is passed on from generation to generation, and that the cause of "one country, two systems" will be successful.
Zhang Qingli, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Ho Hau Wah, Liang Zhenying and Li Bin attended the meeting. Xia Baolong, vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, made a keynote speech. CPPCC members Yang Jianping, Wu Haohao, Liao Zeyun, Tan Jinqiu, Shi Ronghuai, Wang Huizhen, Huang Guo, Rong Yongqi, Huang Xianhui, Fok Qigang and special representative Lin Jie delivered speeches. The person in charge of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council introduced the relevant situation, and the person in charge of the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee and the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League conducted consultations and exchanges.