CY Leung, a man of “integrity”. Photo credit: @voxasia.
Chief Executive of Hong Kong and possible Communist CY Leung has sought to reassure citizens of the Special Administrative Region that his administration was willing to impose limits on mainland immigration and investment in the territory.
Leung, who has been criticised in the past for being too close to Beijing, said in a speech at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club that the China-Hong Kong relationships “is without doubt our most important bilateral relationship”, but that “this does not mean surrendering our autonomy, it means making the most of our high degree of autonomy defined in the Basic Law.”
In his speech Leung also addressed the fears of Hong Kongers about immigration, which took on a particularly nasty, xenophobic streak this year. Concerns are high about the large amount of mainland Chinese mothers who travel to Hong Kong to give birth in order to acquire Hong Kong passports for their children. Leung’s administration has already announced a ban on mainland mothers from scheduling births at Hong Kong hospitals after January 1st, 2013. Mainland mothers accounted for 46 percent of the births in Hong Kong last year but Leung dismissed concerns that women wold ignore the proposed ban and turn up anyway, “If we could and we did effectively stop, for example, guns from coming over the border from Shenzhen, we could stop pregnant ladies.”