ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS
Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997 and is governed under a “one country, two systems” doctrine until 2047.
Quoting a Hong Konger, Mr Lee said that from China’s point of view, they must not only think of one country, but remember the two systems. From Hong Kong’s point of view, they must not only think of two systems, “but remember this is one country”, the Prime Minister added.
“And that calls for wisdom and restraint on both sides,” Mr Lee said.
FIVE MAJOR DEMANDS
Mr Lee said: “I don’t see any easy way forward, because the demonstrators they say they have five major demands and not one can be compromised.
“But those are not demands which are meant to be a programme to solve Hong Kong's problems - those are demands which are intended to humiliate and bring down the government.