On September 15, China’s state-run broadcaster CGTN published an interview with Leung Chun-ying, who served as the third chief executive of Hong Kong between 2012 and 2017.
The interviewer, Dong Hue, said “violent unrest has raped Hong Kong in recent years.” She then asked whether the introduction of the new National Security Law (NSL) and the emphasis on “the principle of patriots governing Hong Kong” had helped the situation.
Leung said he “believed those measures would work.”
"All countries in the world require people who from their political class, the ruling echelon, to be patriots,’ Leung said. “We hear the word patriot, patriotism, patriotic, on the tips of American tongues every day, so Hong Kong should not be any exception.”
But democratic states have nothing like Hong Kong’s NSL or electoral reform law, which created a candidate qualification review committee to vet who can run for office.
Under this system, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) determines who is “patriotic,” not the electorate. What’s more, senior Chinese officials have admitted that their definition of patriotism entails love for China’s current political system, rather than for country.