Friday, October 12, 2018

Hualing Fu on Reconciling National Security with Hong Kong's High Degree of Autonomy (SCMP)

Hualing Fu
South China Morning Post
12 October 2018
There are two imperatives that shape Hong Kong’s constitutional development: its high degree of autonomy and China’s national security. Should a free and “semi-democratic” Hong Kong protect the security of an authoritarian state and can Hong Kong offer such protection without compromising its value and integrity? Should Hong Kong legislate to protect the security of China’s political system and, if so, how will it reconcile the two conflicting and seeming irreconcilable imperatives? 
     For the central government, there is a genuine fear among top decision-makers that there are national security risks in Hong Kong which the city has turned a blind eye to. As China’s economy grows, it becomes more confident and assertive. When managing Hong Kong affairs, it has started to insist that the special administrative region take China’s national security and other interests more seriously... Click here to read the full article.

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