Source:Global Times Published: 2016/11/7 0:38:39
The National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee is likely to issue an interpretation of Article 104 of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) on Monday. Hong Kong opposition forces on Sunday mobilized some of their supporters to take to the streets, while some lawyers are planning a "silent march" of protest on Tuesday. Leung Chung-hang and Yau Wai-ching, who made slanderous remarks against the Chinese mainland at the swearing-in ceremony of the Hong Kong Legislative Council, said to media that the interpretation would thoroughly damage Hong Kong's judicial independence and replace the "one country, two systems" principle with a dictatorship. The Western media has helped spread such rabble-rousing as if the NPC standing Committee is doing something "illegal."
Hong Kong has obviously formed a kind of rhetoric trap, which argues that the central government should keep its hands off Hong Kong affairs; any opinions it expresses over Hong Kong are damaging to the region's autonomy. As long as the NPC Standing Committee issues the interpretation, Hong Kong's judicial independence would be destroyed.
Article 158 of the Basic Law clearly stipulates that the power of interpreting this Law shall be vested in the NPC Standing Committee. It means the NPC not only has the power to interpret the law, but also any interpretations it gives have the same effect as the Basic Law. However, Hong Kong radical opposition forces and a few lawmakers consider their interpretation of the Basic Law is the most respected, as if they should be placed above the NPC.
The power of the NPC Standing Committee to interpret the Basic Law mustn't be challenged. Some opposition forces clearly understand that the interpretation by the NPC is in full compliance with the Basic Law, but they deliberately claim it is illegal.
A way of political struggle, they attempt to mislead the public, squeeze the central government's governance and influence over Hong Kong and erode its authority.
Hong Kong's rule of law cannot run counter to the Constitution of the People's Republic of China. The Basic Law links Hong Kong's common law system with the Constitution. Hong Kong's legal system cannot be contrary to the Basic Law and should be in line with the spirit of the Constitution.
The central government will not interfere in the judicial affairs of Hong Kong.
But Leung and Yau publicly disgraced this country and advocated Hong Kong does not belong to China. This has hit the bottom line of the Constitution and the Basic Law and caused divisions in society, as many Hongkongers strongly demand they should be disqualified from being lawmakers, while others are opposed.
The NPC Standing Committee at this time has taken the initiative to interpret the Basic Law. It has sufficient reasons and is legally impeccable.
On the issues concerning Hong Kong governance and national security, the central government is obliged to make full use of the power stipulated by the Basic Law. A few people of radical opposition are creating chaos among public opinion and affected the understanding of some Hong Kong people. The fallacies they created must be cleaned up.
Newspaper headline: HK must cleanse opposition rhetoric chaos