A top adviser to Hong Kong’s leader said integration with mainland China was a “great thing” for many people in the city, days after Chief Executive Carrie Lam spoke of a future tied to Beijing in her annual policy address.
“As a whole, Hong Kong needs China to retain our current status and Hong Kong can’t survive on our own,” said Bernard Chan, the convener of Lam’s advisory Executive Council, told Bloomberg TV on Friday. “We need China.”
“Economically Hong Kong is very much a part of China now,” Chan said. “We need China to help us under this very difficult time.”
His comments came after China earlier this month enabled the Hong Kong government to expel lawmakers deemed insufficiently loyal. That allowed Lam to immediately eject four pro-democracy politicians, a move that triggered the mass resignation of the entire opposition and led to criticism from foreign governments including the U.S.