In Hong Kong, the party media Wen Wei Po reported that the Hong Kong Hakka clan organization Hakka General Association and its affiliates, more than 350 members of the high-profile celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party of China, Sunday (6) in Wanchai Golden Bauhinia Square, chorus “without the Communist Party there would be no new China” and “under the Lion Rock”.
The report quoted Wu Huiquan, chairman of the Hakka Association, as saying that the Association wanted to show through the event that Hong Kong Hakka “to the Party, to the country a sincere effort of gratitude, so that everyone understands that Hong Kong people love the country and love the Party a piece of heart.” After each weekend, the Association will continue to organize activities in various locations in Hong Kong, including members of the chorus, Wu Kau Teng anti-Japanese martyrs monument to pay tribute, “patriotic” film viewing, etc.
This time some pro-Beijing people in Hong Kong openly declared that “Hong Kong people love the country and love the party”, but under one country, two systems, “love the country” and “love the party” in Hong Kong has been very controversial. For example, Lee Cheuk-yan of the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China (HKASPDMC) said, “Their patriotism is democracy under one-party dictatorship, while our patriotism is the patriotism of universal values and democratic China.”
As for Hong Kong’s official statement, refer to March this year when Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam publicly stated that love for the party is the obligation of party members. And while patriotism is not the same as necessarily loving the party, it was stressed that those running for election must respect the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party. And Chinese Communist scholar Tian Feilong has written in Ming Pao that “patriotism includes respect for the party leadership, and Hong Kong people as Chinese citizens assume the duty of patriotism and respect rather than compulsory love for the Communist Party.”