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Robust force takes shape to underpin brighter future for HK

A robust force set to underpin a brighter future for China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is taking shape following the conclusion of the election for the seventh-term Legislative Council.

All 90 members of the new LegCo have been elected by Monday morning. Those elected, diverse and balanced in their backgrounds and professions, and voters who cast ballots for them have jointly ushered in a new chapter in the history of the “Pearl of the Orient.”

This election, the first since the improvement in the HKSAR’s electoral system, has demonstrated the true will of the people in Hong Kong.

More than 1.3 million voters went to the polls in Hong Kong on Sunday despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the cold weather, and outside interferences, shattering delusions of certain individuals and forces intent on destabilizing China.

“I am voting to choose a new bunch of people to make Hong Kong a better place,” a resident was quoted by the Associated Press as saying. “I am a patriot, and I just hope for peace and quiet, and to have a good livelihood.”

This election has substantiated the brilliance and diversity of Hong Kong’s democracy and rule of law.

It has come to people’s attention that the newly elected LegCo members include both native Hong Kongers and Mandarin-speaking “Hong Kong drifters;” both political veterans and the young, vigorous “post-1980s.” Among them, there are businessmen, scholars, lawyers, teachers, accountants, doctors, religious figures, etc.

The diverse backgrounds of the new LegCo members — who have different ideas, religious beliefs and interests — have highlighted the new electoral system’s broad representation, political inclusiveness, balanced participation, and fair competition. Slander and smear from anti-China agitators are utter nonsense.

With patriots of diverse backgrounds taking part in managing affairs in Hong Kong, economic and social policies can be carried out more effectively in the special administrative region and ensure sustained economic development and the overall interests there.

The election has proved the new electoral system suits Hong Kong’s actual situation.

The LegCo election was held in accordance with the law in a fair, impartial, open, honest, and smooth fashion. There were more than 100 forums for all candidates to present their platforms and views. The results are legitimate and valid and accord with public expectation.

As the facts have shown, the new electoral system, aimed at addressing root causes, has reduced the room for operation of those opposing China and attempting to destabilize Hong Kong, as well as manipulation and interference from the outside.

Besides, it has fundamentally safeguarded the political stability in Hong Kong and security of the administration, created a more harmonious social climate, and paved the way for solutions to entrenched problems that have plagued Hong Kong for a long time.


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