The third session of the 13th National People’s Congress will be held in Beijing on May 22. Member of the Standing Committee of the NPC, Tam Yiu-Chung, said that the convening of the NPC and CPPCC marked the country’s achievements in the fight against the epidemic. Hong Kong has been hit by both violence and epidemic. HK’s Economic issues will become a focus of attention. Tam hopes the Chinese government will support Hong Kong’s economic recovery and believes the Chinese government will also listen to the opinions of Hong Kong representatives.
Tam Yiu-Chung indicated that many people are concerned about Hong Kong’s problems. According to experience, the government’s work reports will all mention Hong Kong’s situation and reiterate Hong Kong’s major policies. He believes there are also some points on Hong Kong’s problems this time around. During the NPC and CPPCC sessions, central leaders will also visit NPC deputies and CPPCC members and collect opinions and responses.
The most concerning problems in Hong Kong now include the recurrence of the violence and the economic problems after the outbreak. If Hong Kong’s economy continues to decline, many small and medium-sized enterprises will not be able to support it.
Tam Yiu-Chung believed that although the epidemic took a relatively long time, the mainland was less affected by the epidemic than Europe and the United States. The economy recovered quickly and the market was also under control. Hong Kong and the mainland could further study which industries could cooperate and achieve win-win situations.
This is the first “two sessions” that have been held since 2019 protests in HK. The community is increasingly calling for Hong Kong Basic Law Article 23. Tam Yiu-Chung said that article 23 explicitly requires Hong Kong to enact laws on its own which protects “one country, two systems” and the security of Hong Kong.
It is necessary to enact laws. Every government has the responsibility to push forward. However, due to various reasons, it has not been completed. Tam hopes that the current government can complete the legislation, but now there are only more than two years left. He believes it is difficult to complete this year and can only hope for next year.
Tam Yiu-Chung pointed out that the Central Government has always stressed its adherence to “one country, two systems” on the Hong Kong issue and has acted by the Constitution and the Basic Law. He hoped that Hong Kong people would unite and take this as the goal and push Hong Kong forward again.