“Self determination” is a term used to allude to “Hong Kong independence” and still violates the Basic Law, pro-establishment Business and Professional Alliance for Hong Kong lawmaker Priscilla Leung Mei-fun said on RTHK radio on Thursday morning.

“If you use [the term] self-determination, in international law this is actually talking about a nation – and national means an entire country… it doesn’t mean a province, or an ethnic group… the idea talks about a sovereign country and internal self-determination,” she said.

“[F]rom the point of view of law, talking about self-determination is talking about independence and we think that it violates international law, Hong Kong law, and ‘One Country, Two Systems,’” said Leung.

Priscilla Leung Mei-fun. File photo: Stand News.

She also said that those who were promoting Hong Kong independence were “playing with fire.”

Leung signed a statement along with ten other lawyers saying that Hong Kong independence disregarded the law, history, culture, national feelings, and political reality and should be opposed.

‘Lack of understanding’

Other pro-Beijing figures also made statements opposed to Hong Kong independence. Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong, the former secretary for security, said on DBC radio this morning that Hong Kong independence was a dead end. He added that those who were not approved to form parties, but yet were still operating, were breaking the law. He said that Hongkongers should “open their eyes” and stop such trends from continuing.

Rita Fan at a press conference. File photo: 勵進教育中心 via Facebook.

Rita Fan, a Hong Kong representative for the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislative body, also said on radio Thursday that some Hong Kong youth lack perspective on history, or on the country, and should try to understand the mainland more.

Fan previously set up an educational centre aimed at teaching young people Chinese history, culture and affairs.

Chantal Yuen

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.