The chairman of the government’s Youth Commission, Lau Ming-wai, has dismissed a claim that Hong Kong people were delighted when China failed to win any gold medals on the first day of the Rio Olympics, after a leader of a top think tank warned such anti-mainland sentiment was likely to infuriate Beijing.
Lau Siu-kai, the vice-president of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macau Studies, said the excitement shown by some Hong Kong residents over China’s Olympic performance was a clear sign of a deteriorating relationship between the SAR and the mainland. He added that Beijing could scrap the “One Country, Two Systems” principle if such anti-mainland sentiments increased.
But Lau Ming-wai said he hadn’t noticed such a reaction from Hong Kong people over the Olympics.
He said the media shouldn’t exaggerate comments made online, being as “those who speak loudly don’t necessarily represent mainstream views”.
The Youth Commission chairman also said local young people could happily support both the SAR and China delegations.