New People’s Party chairwoman Regina Ip says she thinks the “One Country Two Systems” principle has drifted apart in recent years.
Speaking on a Commercial Radio programme about the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, she said independence is not practical, and young people should understand that Hong Kong is only a special administration under Chinese rule and has no bargaining power.
She said both from the perspective of the central government, and from the viewpoint of some Hong Kong people, the implementation of the “One Country Two systems” principle had deviated from the original intention.
Ip said Beijing may think that its authority and sovereignty had not been respected, while some locals might feel the SAR’s high level of autonomy had been threatened.
She said the incoming administration had a lot of work to do to promote the concept and improve mutual trust.