Central gov’t has duty to safeguard HK’s order

HONG KONG: The central government has full authority to safeguard Hong Kong’s constitutional order, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council said.
The office added that supervising implementation of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is one of the ways the office safeguards the city’s constitutional order.
The remarks, made in a statement published online, came after the office and the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR commented on the deadlock in the city’s Legislative Council. Following the comments, questions were raised whether the two offices were “interfering” in local Hong Kong affairs. An HKMAO spokesperson said mandating a high degree of autonomy for the HKSAR does not mean the central government has no right to oversee SAR affairs or that it has given up such rights. Instead, such supervision is key to ensuring the successful implementation of the Basic Law and the proper use of power granted by the central government. Regarding the deadlock, the spokesperson said it has severely affected the Basic Law’s implementation, undermining fundamental interests of the SAR and the nation and threatening the SAR’s constitutional order. Due to delaying tactics by some opposition lawmakers, including Dennis Kwok Wing-hang, the Legislative Council’s House Committee has been stalled since October. Fourteen bills and 89 pieces of subsidiary legislation have been held up, leading to partial legislative paralysis. The two offices have issued several strongly worded criticisms of opposition lawmakers’ tactics. By doing so, the offices were diligently fulfilling their supervision role and safeguarding order, the statement said.
– The Daily Mail-China Daily News exchange item