Opinion | Xia Baolong's 'five expectations' point the right way as a beacon for LegCo's new milestone, new journey
By Alicia Li
The seventh-term Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) began its first meeting on Wednesday (Jan. 12) morning, marking the 90 Members elected under the improved electoral system through extensive democratic elections formally taking office to become the backbone of the patriots who perform their duties and govern HK towards a brighter future with prosperity, stability and better representation of HK people's real interests.
It is a sincere hope of the whole community in HK that all legislators will be guided by the "five expectations" raised by Xia Baolong, Director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council and Vice-Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, in his speech recently, fully and accurately implement the principle of "one country, two systems" and the Basic Law, be patriots with a firm stance, and deliver satisfactory answers to the public in policy discussion and supervision.
While meeting with some members of the seventh-term LegCo of the HKSAR in Shenzhen, Xia Baolong raised "five expectations" for their future work. Firstly, all LegCo members of the new term are expected to fully and accurately implement the "one country, two systems" principle and the Basic Law, be patriots with a firm stance, protect the sovereignty, security and development interests of the country, resolutely uphold the Central Government's full authority over HK, and support the implementation of the legal system and enforcement mechanism of the SAR government to safeguard national security. Secondly, all members are expected to support and oversee the SAR government's administration in accordance with the law, be the defenders of the executive-led system, proactively support and cooperate with the SAR government to develop the economy and improve people's livelihood, and open a new chapter of good governance in HK. Thirdly, lawmakers should be diligent, pragmatic, down-to-earth and of integrity, and be true spokespersons of public opinions. Fourthly, the members are expected to study diligently, familiarize themselves with the Constitution, Basic Law and the LegCo's Rules of Procedure, enhance their political sensitivity, cultivate a global vision and strategic thinking, and continuously improve their ability to serve the public and HK. Fifthly, they should be good collaborators, and continuously work together to improve the efficiency of the LegCo through positive interactions and sincere communications to seek common ground while reserving differences.
This term's LegCo presents a brand new look, new milestone and new journey. When all LegCo members walked into the newly renovated Chamber, the first thing that caught their eyes was the brightly colored national emblem and district emblem hanging high, which highlights the leading constitutional status of the Central Government as the "one country" to "two systems" in the "one country, two systems" framework. Practice has proved that HK's road to democracy under "one country, two systems" led by the Central Government is the right path, the main road and the fast track for the development of real democracy in HK. If everyone continues along this road, not only will HK enjoy quality democracy, but also the economic and livelihood problems that have plagued HK for many years will be completely solved, and the practice of "one country, two systems" will be stable and far-reaching.
From the focus of LegCo members' discussion this time, it can be seen that the new term of LegCo has completely bid farewell to the past of political disputes and the chaos of filibustering, and has sincerely and rationally engaged in politics in accordance with the law, for the good of HK and the public, proactively planning the future development of HK, and putting themselves in the position of fighting for the best welfare and the greatest interests of the public. The new milestone of LegCo will be a new starting point for good governance in the HKSAR, a correct and down-to-earth path that HK citizens would expect.
The executive-led system is one of the major advantages of HK's political system, and "one country, two systems" is the greatest advantage and fundamental guarantee for the harmonious and stable operation of the HKSAR. How to give full play to these two strengths and truly realize the vitality of "one country, two systems", the vitality of the improved electoral system, as well as the true charm, effectiveness and great success of "patriots governing HK", will be the political goal of all legislators.
Undoubtedly, the new term LegCo members are patriots with a firm and sincere stance, representing a wide range of different classes, political parties and sectors, among which there will naturally be different interests. But what's important is that they should have a sense of national consciousness, an awareness of the overall situation, a sense of development, and the ability to look at the big picture. They should seek common ground while reserving differences, compromise and balance, negotiate and communicate. They should work together to serve the interests of HK's overall development and long-term prosperity, to plan a new future for HK's sustainable and stable development, and to demonstrate a new image of a united, civilized, harmonious and efficient LegCo in an open, sincere consensus for the people.