Campuses in Hong Kong shouldn’t become political battlefield

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/11 23:18:39

The clashes triggered by pro-independence posters in Hong Kong universities have continued. Students from the Education University of Hong Kong put up banners on the campus "democracy wall" sending "congratulations" to pro-mainland Undersecretary for Education Christine Choi Yuk-lin after her 25-year-old son plunged to his death from a residential tower in Yau Ma Tei.

A verbal clash broke out between former president of the Chinese University Student Union Ernie Chow and a student from the Chinese mainland, in which Chow described the mainland student as "Chee-na person," an offensive term.

The irrational appeals of Hong Kong students, affected by the radical pro-independence forces in the city, have gone too far.

The pro-independence cries in Hong Kong universities are not able to severely impact the "one country, two systems" framework. 

The radicalism in Hong Kong has been squeezed. However, some extreme thoughts and emotions have remained and universities have become a venue to vent.

Under the present system of Hong Kong, it is a challenge to restrict and crack down on political provocations. Enacting Article 23 of the Basic Law may be the only way to wipe out pro-independence posters.

Prior to this, solving the chaos in Hong Kong needs the great efforts of the Hong Kong government and the cooperation of other institutional forces there.

There are hints that Hong Kong universities may become the main stage for political struggles. Once that situation is formed, the image and reputation of these universities will be deeply influenced. And the sharp divides in universities will soon spread across the whole of society.

Mainland society objects to the recent chaos caused by pro-independence extremism in Hong Kong universities.

Nevertheless, under the "one country, two systems" policy, it is Hong Kong society's affairs to deal with the chaos.

If radical forces in Hong Kong encourage some students to continue the recent chaos, Hong Kong's international competitive strength will be affected. The dissatisfaction of Hong Kong people toward radical forces will mount, and there will be a subtle change in the public opinion of the city.
The central government's opposition against Hong Kong independence is clear-cut. Some young people from the mainland have taken patriotic actions against pro-independence deeds in Hong Kong. These young people have the right to do this as long as their actions do not contravene laws.

Extreme forces in Hong Kong will not disturb the whole country, but will only cause more disruptions for Hong Kong. We believe Hong Kong society won't allow the city to be wantonly disrupted by the extremists.
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