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Thursday, 7th Nov – HK’s Status: While Hong Kong argues about what the government can should and must do the director for publicity, culture and sports affairs of the Liaison Office, Hao Tiechuan reminds us in the China Daily about the political realities of our legal system. Even more so, he explains to us why that is and where it comes from.
It might be the best political article published in Hong Kong this month, but definitely among the best published by the China Daily (in Cantonese by Ming Pao last week) this year, if not ever… Hao explains to us that contrary to what we might think Hong Kong does not have a strict separation of powers, and that even though it might look differently, eventually all branches answer in some form to the Chief Executive who spends that much time in Beijing for a good reason.
With its sober and demure descriptions it is a clever article, especially the part where he is not only able to argue that Hong Kong’s political system exists the way it is because that is how Deng Xiaoping wanted it, but also because that is how the British created it, meaning he not only presents the current status of Hong Kong as the one most favorable to Chinese loyalists, but also to colonial romantics and those insisting on upholding the Basic Law… But as much as it is an interesting read, we already know that our political status quo is the result of one colonial power caring too little and the other caring too much… So how can we get out of this situation? As Hao explains it, the system inherently favors and favored the interests of away overlords, be it in London or in Beijing. It is a system that makes it impossible for the populous to overturn any decision made by the Chief Executive, and therefore by the CCP government. Hao explains to us that our system would never hold up to the standards of ‘rule of law’ or ‘democracy’. If neither the law nor the people can keep the government in check, then we don’t need to pretend that we can change the government by following the law, or the guidelines of the Basic Law at least.