'There is only one country, without two systems': Hong Kong Liaison Office

Communist Liaison Office head says Hong Kong only has 'one country, without two systems'

Occupy Central protesters in 2014.

Occupy Central protesters in 2014. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Chinese Communist Party director of the Hong Kong Liaison Office, Wang Zhimin (王志民), today claimed that in safeguarding China's national security, Hong Kong "is the responsibility of only one country, without two systems."

Hong Kong's public broadcaster, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), today reported that Wang delivered a speech during a National Security Education Day event in which he said that Hong Kong's security is part of national security. He said that maintaining national security is a constitutional mission of the "one country, two systems" framework.

However, in terms of safeguarding the national security, there is nothing special about the Special Administrative Region (SAR), "it is the responsibility of only one country, without two systems,"

According to the report, he said that "'Occupy Central' was an illegal movement packaged in justice. It was hypocritical and an insult to justice and inflicted a deep injury to the rule of law in Hong Kong."

Wang Zhimin. (Photo from locpg.hk)

Wang said that Hong Kong should face up to addressing the shortcomings and risks in maintaining its national security system.

According to the report, Wang claimed that it was "an important day for the spirit of the rule of law in Hong Kong" when the local court convicted nine leaders of Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement last week.

Wang also criticized those "few people in Hong Kong and anti-China politicians who are badmouthing Hong Kong and seeking international intervention."

On Sunday (March 24), during Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu's (韓國瑜) trip to Hong Kong and Macau, he met with Wang Zhimin and Director of the Macau Liaison Office, Fu Ziying (傅自應). The unprecedented meetings with communist officials by an acting Taiwanese mayor caused alarm in both Hong Kong and Taiwan.