State media outlet The Global Times has said that a Hong Kong court ruling which barred Youngspiration’s Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung Chung-hang from taking their seats as lawmakers “deserves to be welcomed.”

Yau Wai-ching outside the High Court. Photo: Chantal Yuen.

Yau and Leung are the pro-independence politicians at the centre of the recent oath controversy. The pair took their oaths of office with a flag which said “Hong Kong is not China.” They also pronounced China as “Chee-na,” a term deemed derogatory by some, thus sparking a legal challenge by the government. Mr Justice Thomas Au Hing-cheung had said that the Youngspiration duo had “declined” to take their oath and must therefore be disqualified.

The tabloid said in an editorial that the “country-insulting lawmakers” failed to predict the consequences of their actions and blamed the political atmosphere for producing the situation.

File photo: Joel Christian.

It said that “common sense and reason must return. Those in the opposition in public office should know very clearly what it would mean if they stand with ‘Hong Kong independence.’”

Hong Kong politics cannot break through the limits that have been settled by law, it said.

Another column in the state-run People’s Daily said that “different sectors of Hong Kong fully affirm the ruling of the High Court, believing that this has truly protected the rule of law for Hong Kong, and protected One Country, Two Systems, as well as the image of justice of the judge.”


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.