Regina Ip, member of the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, on Thursday published an opinion piece titled “Hong Kong is China, Like it or Not” in the New York Times.
“No amount of outcry, condemnation or sanctions over the Chinese government’s purported encroachment in Hong Kong’s affairs will alter the fact that Hong Kong is part of China and that its destiny is intertwined with the mainland’s,” Ip wrote, starting her opinion piece with this affirmation.
Ip expressed regrets at how the world business hub plunged into chaos and grappled with a downgrading in its economic advantages following months of violent protests. She said Western countries tried to cast doubt about the central government’s national security law.
She also analyzed how anti-government protestors seized every possible chance to erode the public’s trust in the Hong Kong government, from opposition to deferring the LegCo election to criticizing the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The current chairperson of the New People’s Party underscored the difference between “a high degree of autonomy” as stated in the Basic Law, and “autonomy,” a distinction which she said she “labored to explain to foreign officials and politicians.”
“Foreign governments should not benchmark what happens in Hong Kong against standards that prevail in Western countries,” Ip wrote. “Those are governed by a political system entirely different from China’s.”
As a staunch advocate of the national security law, Ip concluded that the national security law is saving “one country, two systems” by ensuring that Hong Kong does not become a danger to China.
“A realistic goal for Hong Kong ought to be remaining the freest and most international city in China and retaining its unique international status, thanks to the city’s many bilateral agreements with foreign countries and its membership in numerous international organizations,” she wrote.