China liaison office pointed out that “a high degree of autonomy” should not be treated as complete autonomy and that Beijing has “supervisory powers” over Hong Kong. The comments soon attracted a large wave of criticism, as many Hong Kong citizens pointed out that Article 22 of the Basic Law clearly states that “no department” of the Chinese central and local governments may interfere in any Hong Kong affairs.
Beijing’s role in administrating Hong Kong affairs called into question.
Hong Kong Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Patrick Nip Tak-kuen will be stripped of his title, along with at least four other government ministers, over the confusion caused by recent press releases that suggest Beijing’s liaison in the city is not restricted to the Basic Law.
According to Hong Kong media sources, Nip will be replaced by Immigration Director Erick Tsang Kwok-wai . Financial Services Secretary James Lau , Innovation and Technology Secretary Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung , Civil Service Secretary Joshua Law Chi-kong , and Home Affairs Secretary Lau Kong-wah will also step down from their positions as part of the major cabinet shuffle.