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ECNS App DownloadCitizens sign in support of the “patriots administering Hong Kong” principle and improving the electoral system in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the Sha Tin Station, March 7, 2021. (Photo/China News Service)In a bid to ensure Hong Kong is administered by patriots, Chinas top legislature passed a decision earlier this month on improving its electoral system.
The improvement, analysts say, helps plug the loopholes and cure the defects of the existing electoral system, paving the way for Hong Kongs long-term prosperity and stability as well as the implementation of “one country, two systems”.
As a move to safeguard steady development and peoples interests, expelling insurgents and separatists from the government to ensure a place is being administered only by people who love it is a common practice for almost all countries around the world.
Patriotism is what any country would expect of its public servants. Western countries are no exception, even though some of them have been hurling accusations against China for implementing the “patriots administering Hong Kong” principle.
Here are some facts about how those China-bashing countries apply the same “patriots-administering” principle to safeguard their own national security.
The United States
・ Patriotism is a criterion for all public officials in the US, which explicitly prohibits people from holding public office if they have violated their duty of loyalty. The law of the US clearly defines the basic obligation of public service, and the first of its general principles is to pledge loyalty to the US Constitution and laws.
・ According to the “negative list “of the US law, anyone shall not be allowed to serve in the US government if he/she advocates the overthrow of the constitutional form of government, or participates in a strike against the US government, or participates in an organization that engages in such activities. Employees in the US government are required by law to execute an affidavit confirming that they do not have any of the above conditions. Those who make false statements will be subject to criminal penalties. The US Constitution and criminal law also clearly stipulate that people who commit crimes such as rioting and treason shall be incapable of holding any office in the US.
・ Both the House of Representatives and the Senate of the US Congress have independent ethics committees, which are responsible for monitoring and investigating whether members of Congress have committed acts of disloyalty to the US. In US history, 18 members of Congress have been expelled for disloyalty to the country.
・ Under Article VI of the US Constitution, members of the US Congress and all executive and judicial officers of the government and states shall be bound by oath or affirmation to support the Constitution. US law further specifies that all persons holding public office must take an oath. Taking an oath without solemnity could not only be deemed as refusing to take the oath, but also cause serious consequences.
・ The US has a large number of electoral laws. In the past two years, members of Congress have introduced more than 40 bills to improve the electoral system. On the same day that Chinas top legislature announced its agenda for improving Hong Kongs electoral system, the US House of Representatives passed a “For the People Act” to improve the electoral system and ensure election security.
・ The US federal government is in charge of the improvements of the countrys electoral system. With specific election rules, it ensures that only the “patriots” can be elected. In terms of eligibility, people who violate their duties of loyalty are explicitly prohibited from running for office, or they shall be subject to criminal penalties. Its electoral system also limits foreign influence on candidates during the election process. For example, the Federal Election Campaign Act explicitly prohibits foreign nationals from providing financial support to any political election in any form, and the Foreign Agent Registration Act stipulates that foreign agents must identify themselves when communicating with candidates.
・ Apart from the official election rules, the election culture based on patriotism also forms the “game rules” which candidates must abide by. In order to win the support of voters, candidates on different sides must go to all lengths to display their patriotism in the campaign, as the public typically hold high expectations and strict requirements for a candidates patriotism.1 2 3 4 5 6 Next PageRelated newsNPC approves HK electoral reform bills2021-03-31HKSAR govt officials support NPCs amendments to HKSAR Basic Law annexes2021-03-30HK chief executive firmly supports NPCs adoption of amended annexes to HK Basic Law2021-03-30Hong Kong expects to hold LegCo election in December2021-03-30Most people in Hong Kong support NPCs decision to improve HKSARs electoral system: survey2021-03-30MorePhotoWall of hearts painted as a memorial to COVID-19 deathsChina successfully launches Gaofen-12 02 satelliteDerek Chauvin trial begins in George Floyd murder caseScenery of Icelands volcanic eruptionSpring scenery at cherry blossom garden in AnhuiShanghai vaccinates foreigners against COVID-19Chinese COVID-19 vaccine shipped to ManilaChinas FAST telescope identifies over 300 pulsarsShip Ever Given freedStop Asian Hate rallies held across CanadaParisians revel in spring scenery along Seine River despite Covid-19 pandemicNearly 100 cats debut at beauty contest in E Chinas ChangzhouChinas first panda-themed tourist train starts operation in SichuanPhotographer witnesses Icelandic volcano erupt in IcelandPresident Xi stresses more efforts to serve, integrate into new development paradigmNew discoveries from Sanxingdui Ruins lead to increasing visitors to Beijing museumMexican researchers design nose-only COVID-19 mask for eating and drinkingPetrus wine comes back to France after a trip in spaceBritain unveils new 50-pound note featuring Alan Turing40-year unseen Picasso portrait showcased in LondonCherry blossoms in E Chinas Wuxi attract visitorsCherry blossoms bloom in E China’s AnhuiThree imperial seals of Ming and Qing Dynastie displayed at Sothebys in Hong KongWuhan bid farewell to beloved pandasEcological tea plantation in FujianFossil of extinct tree-climbing kangaroo found in AustraliaIn pics: Historic and cultural city FuzhouXi hails development of FuzhouHistoric image of black hole reveals surrounding magnetic fieldsSecond batch of China-donated COVID-19 vaccines arrives in ManilaFirst Panda Train in Sichuan launches trial servicesSevere flood inundates communities in NSWClouds over Mount Sanqingshan in E ChinaHealth is primary indicator of peoples happy life: XiScenery of yardang landform in XinjiangImage of Ingenuity helicopter from Perseverance on MarsMost popular in 24h$(function () {$.ajaxSetup({cache: true});var tStr = new Date().getUTCHours()+_+ new Date().getUTCMinutes();$.ajax({type: “get”,dataType: “json”,url: “/part/6/ecns_rank24h.json?t=”+ tStr,success: function (status) {var str = “”;$.each(status,function(index,obj){obj.title = obj.title.replace(/'/g, ');str +=+obj[“title”]+;});$(“#rank24″).html(str);},error:function(status){}});});MoreTop newsKey Party meeting focuses on central regions development Chinas Yunnan reports 6 local COVID-19 cases Gang crime crackdown successful Chinese mainland reports 6 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases Chinas manufacturing PMI edges up to 51.9 in MarchMoreVideoUniversity invites teachers, students to enjoy 10,000 kg fishNew tech: Brainwaves help drive carLINEMedia partners:Peoples Daily Online|Xinhuanet|China.org.cn|ChinaDaily.com.cn|CGTN|Globaltimes.cn|Chinaplus.cri.cn|Shine.cn|JSCHINA|
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