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Love and One Country, Two Systems: Chief exec. candidates launch Valentine’s Day PR battle

Chief executive contenders John Tsang and Carrie Lam have used social media to show their love for their spouses on Valentine’s Day. Both posts referenced the “One Country, Two Systems” principle in different ways.

Carrie Lam’s husband said he hopes she will contribute to the implementation of “One Country, Two Systems” as chief executive, in a letter posted on her Facebook account.

But John Tsang, in his own Facebook post, apparently made fun of the statement by saying “Today we won’t talk about ‘One Country, Two Systems,’ we’ll only talk about one life, one love.”

The letter from Lam’s husband Lam Siu-por was a rare appearance from him showing support for his wife’s campaign.

“I did not object because you are passionate about your work, but I did not agree with it because of my selfishness,” he wrote.

‘One Country, Two Systems’

He added that he and Lam had little time together over the years because of work and because they had to take care of their children: “So I have looked forward to revisiting the sweet old days: travelling, watching movies and shopping.”

“But as I see the encouragement you received… my selfish heart melted. I have come to encourage and support you running in the 2017 chief executive election. I also hope you can be successfully elected and work hard for Hong Kong people in the new role, and contribute to the implementation of ‘One Country, Two Systems.'”

He said he kept a low profile as he did not care very much about personal appearance, which was why he was absent from her election rally on February 3.

“But my support for you is infinite. This Valentine’s Day I will not have much time with you, but our hearts are connected.”

‘One Life, One Love’

Tsang’s post, meanwhile, included the hashtag “today we won’t talk about ‘One Country, Two Systems,’ we’ll only talk about one life, one love.”

“The true meaning of Valentine’s Day is not lovers, but happiness. What we should ask today is ‘are you happy?'” he wrote in a post showing himself, his wife and his staff members having lunch together.

He said Hong Kong has seen a huge split in society, but he is willing to listen, trust, and be honest.

“On Valentine’s Day five years later, I hope you can say: ‘I live in Hong Kong, I feel happy,'” he added. “This is my love letter to Hong Kong.”

‘Valentine’s Day is on February 14’

The posts came after Tsang’s wife Tsang Wong Lynn-wah appeared in a video interview on Monday speaking about their relationship.

She said it was love at first sight at a Thanksgiving event at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.

“But I don’t think he’s the romantic type. In fact he has never said those three little words,” she said. She then showed a handmade photo album crafted by Tsang when they were dating.

Asked about Tsang’s shortcomings, she said: “We never celebrate birthday or wedding anniversaries. If you ask him which day our anniversary is, he probably can’t remember. He can’t even remember his own birthday. Valentine’s Day is coming soon, but I guess he doesn’t know that. But I never remind him.”

“Mr Tsang, I want to remind you: Valentine’s Day is on February 14 this year!” she said.

‘Love is on Facebook’

Woo Kwok-hing posted a short video around 6pm on Tuesday with red roses for his wife Rowena Tang Siu-ting.

“I am sorry I couldn’t spend time with you recently because I was so busy – I hope I can come back in time for dinner with you after the last meeting,” he said.

The post also played with hashtags including “#loveisintheair #andonfacebook” and “someone please tag Mrs. Woo.”

The husband of Regina Ip, another contender, passed away in 1997. Ip on Tuesday handed out flowers to people on Lee Tung Street in Wan Chai – formerly known as Wedding Card Street, now redeveloped into private project Lee Tung Avenue.

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Love and One Country, Two Systems: Chief exec. candidates launch Valentine's Day PR battle