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A draft decision on improving Hong Kong's electoral system was submitted to the annual session of the 13th National People's Congress for deliberation on Friday.
According to the decision, the central government proposed a two-step approach – namely, first the NPC will make a decision and the NPC Standing Committee will amend the relevant laws of Hong Kong, to reform the city's electoral system.
The central government has prerogative to determine the matters related to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's political systems, including how the city elects its top official and lawmakers, said Wong.
"This is our domestic policy and we're doing it in accordance with China's Constitution," Wong said, citing the Article 31 of the Constitution.
The Article 31 of the Constitution clearly stipulates that the State may establish special administrative regions when necessary. The systems to be instituted in special administrative regions shall be prescribed by law enacted by the National People's Congress in the light of specific conditions.
Given that, Wong said it's quite clear that the Standing Committee of NPC has the power to interpret and amend the SAR's Basic Law.
Wong told the foreign countries that constantly point their fingers at Hong Kong's affairs to accept the city's righteous authority to improve its electoral system and amend relevant laws for long-term stability and prosperity.
What happened during the social unrest in 2019, and political conflicts in previous Legislative Council meetings and the emergence of pro-independence advocacies in the city are living embodiments of why it is important and necessary to improve Hong Kong's electoral system to put emphasis on "patriots governing Hong Kong", he said.
"This is the right juncture, in my view, to revisit and emphasize this concept of 'patriots governing Hong Kong'," Wong said.
In a bid to comprehensively implement "patriots governing Hong Kong", he added it's necessary for people who hold public office to learn more about the latest development of the motherland.
In addition, Wong said the city's educational system also needs an overhaul and reform as some residents, especially the youngsters, don't understand the history of China and the Chinese mainland's latest development despite the city's return to the motherland almost 24 years ago.