There is a widening gap between the mainland and Hong Kong, said Jasper Tsang, president of the Legislative Council, at a seminar on the development of the relationship between the central government and Hong Kong on Sunday.
Tsang said that the three main political events that happened in Hong Kong after 1997 had a negative effect on the relationship between Beijing and the city.
The three events were the protest against the anti-subversion and sedition Article 23 security law in 2003, the demonstration against the promotion of patriotic education in 2012, and the pro-democracy Occupy Central movement in 2014.
Tsang said that the there were “intrinsic contradictions within one country, two systems” and that the next ten years would be decisive for the structure’s future.
Others who attended the seminar included Lau Siu-kai, vice-chairman of mainland think tank Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies. He said that the central government and Hongkongers had different opinions on power and responsibility, and should communicate more to solve problems.
Ronny Tong Kah-wah, Path of Democracy founder and former pro-democracy Civic Party member and lawmaker, said that if a way was not found to patch up the relationship between the central government and Hong Kong, One Country, Two Systems might not last until 2047.