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While Hong Kong is celebrating National Safety Education Day for the first time, the also first-time Hong Kong Police College conducted the Chinese-style foot exercises for the public, including commanding swords and flags for residents to experience the mood for the Motherland, Police Commissioner Chris Tang Ping-keung told the Global Times in an exclusive interview on Thursday.
It also marked the first time the college held a ceremony in addition to graduation ceremonies to hoist the Chinese national flag and play the national anthem for local residents, Tang said.
More than 23 years after Hong Kong returned to the motherland, ending its colonial past, the Hong Kong Police College held Chinese-style foot drilling for the first time in February. These exercises were taught by members of the Hong Kong Garrison of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) invited by the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF).
“The HKPF training continues to keep pace with the changing times to meet all sorts of challenges. The foot exercises are of course no exception,” Tang said, noting that while the HKPF foot exercises are performed, the style derives from historical background and was further developed under the command of college professors to incorporate local characteristics.
Some experts and representatives of the HKPF consider such Chinese-style training to be very necessary as the HKPF still has strong colonial characteristics that need to be changed.
“We will continue to review various collaboration and training plans and make preparations that meet the needs of the events. We will also consider using different types of foot exercises for different ceremonies,” Tang said.
Hong Kong celebrated National Safety Education Day on Thursday with a series of public awareness activities. Schools across the city hoisted Chinese national flags and sang the national anthem to celebrate the day. After being ravaged by black-clad protests and riots, Hong Kong has stepped up efforts to fill gaps in local governance while improving the education of the younger generation to root out radical ideas.
An opening ceremony was held on Thursday morning at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center to unveil the city’s National Safety Education Day. Both local and central government officials were present. Speeches were given by Carrie Lam, executive director of the HKSAR government, Luo Huining, director of the Hong Kong Central Government Liaison Office, Zheng Yanxiong, who heads the Central Government’s Office for National Security in the City, and Yang Yirui, Acting Commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry the ceremony.
Since the Hong Kong National Security Act came into force, a total of 100 people have been arrested for allegedly engaging in activities that endanger national security. The law played an important role in the stability of the city, Tang said.
However, we must remain vigilant to prevent illegal activity from happening again. Maintaining national security is one of the top priority tasks for both the Police Commissioner 2021 and the HKPF, the official said.