Youth in Hong Kong are looking for a society with fairness and justice, and hence should learn more about China through studying and interning in the Mainland, former Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa said at a forum held by the think tank Our Hong Kong Foundation, which he founded.

Tung also said that most people in Hong Kong hoped to support the rise of China more actively, and thus benefit from it.

Tung Chee-hwa speaking at the forum.

He added that Hong Kong’s destiny was “inseparable” from China’s, and that Hong Kong had been facing many challenges, including disputes in legislative bodies and the political system.

Speaking at the same forum, Lan Kwai Fong Group chairman Allan Zeman said Hong Kong would become better under the governance of China.

He said lawmakers’ filibustering had hindered the development of the city, and while the establishment of the Innovation and Technology Bureau had been delayed for three years, Shenzhen had become China’s Silicon Valley.

Allan Zeman. Photo: HKFP.

Zeman also said that even if “one country, two systems” disappears in the future, and becomes “one country, one system”, it means China will be closer to Hong Kong. He said Hongkongers should not worry too much and must look to the future, Apple Daily reported.

“I look like a foreigner on the outside, but I’m Chinese inside,” he said.

Koel Chu

Koel Chu is a second-year journalism and fine arts student at the University of Hong Kong. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Koel is interested in the arts and urban design. She interned at China Radio International in Beijing and, at her university, she also works as Vice-President of Branding and Marketing in AIESEC, the largest youth-run organisation in the world.