Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying stated that the territory has not total autonomy in China and must comply with the “relevant interpretations and decisions” of Beijing. Not doing so, he warned, could lead to anarchy.
As is known thousand of students protested for months in Hong Kong against the decision of Beijing to limit the election of the chief executive of the territory to a handful of candidates screened by the Party instead of hold open elections.
In his annual speech to the Assembly, Leung Chun-ying said that “Discussions on constitutional development over the past year or so have revealed that many fail to properly understand the relationship between the Central Authorities and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), and the constitutional requirements relating to constitutional development.”
He gave his explanation “I should stress – he said – that under “One Country, Two Systems”, Hong Kong is a special administrative region of our country. The Basic Law specifically provides for the relationship between the Central Authorities and the HKSAR. Hong Kong’s power originates from the Central Authorities, and the delegation of power from the Central Authorities to Hong Kong is provided in the Basic Law. Hong Kong’s autonomy under “One Country, Two Systems” is a high degree of autonomy, not an absolute autonomy. It is a high degree of autonomy specifically provided for in the Basic Law, not one based on any arbitrary interpretation. The formulation and development of our political structure must be based on the Basic Law and the relevant Interpretation and Decisions of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC). Under the Basic Law, the Chief Executive is accountable to not only the HKSAR, but also the Central Government. The Chief Executive, whether returned by an Election Committee or by universal suffrage, and the Principal Officials nominated by the Chief Executive, are all subject to appointment by the Central Government. The selection of the Chief Executive comprises both the elements of election and appointment.”
Later in his speech he accused students and demonstrators of nationalism pursuing self-determination. And says that ” the rule of law is the foundation of Hong Kong. The democratic development of Hong Kong must therefore be underpinned by the same. As we pursue democracy, we should act in accordance with the law, or Hong Kong will degenerate into anarchy.”