BEIJING, April 18 -- Inviting foreign forces to interfere in their own country's internal affairs, that's what the two mischief-makers, Lee Chu-ming and Chan Fang On-sang, are doing.
Their excuse is that they are "pressing for democracy" in Hong Kong. But how can one safeguard democracy while he is spoiling his nation's sovereignty?
The two opposition activists, both former Hong Kong legislators, met earlier this month with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at the White House.
The two expressed concerns over freedom of the press in Hong Kong after a recent knife attack on Kevin Lau, the former editor of a local newspaper.
They also expressed worries that freedom and other core values of Hong Kong are under threat with what they called "growing interference" by Beijing.
But freedom in Hong Kong, no matter that of trade or speech, has de facto been enjoying international acclaim. It is also a key reason to attracting numerous business people and visitors from all over the world.
Over the past 17 years since Hong Kong's return to the motherland from Britain, the region has seen the successful implementation of the "one country, two systems" framework, which contributed to Hong Kong's lasting socioeconomic and democratic development.
As a result, people in Hong Kong are enjoying unprecedented democratic rights and freedom, which can not be belittled by two hypocritical former politicians.
Lee Chu-ming was elected a member of the Legislative Council and Chan Fang On-sang was the first chief secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR). They were the masters of the region and enjoyed full democratic rights and freedom of speech.
The Chinese central government, which spared every effort to win the long-separated part back from colonists in 1990s, has always abided by its promise to the Hong Kong people and respected local people's will and interests.
It has also been communicating with opposition parties and widely collecting opinions to push for the successful election of the Hong Kong SAR chief executive by universal suffrage in 2017.
However, Lee and Chan have kept slandering the central government by saying it has been interfering in the universal suffrage and made Hong Kong people have no real choice, while they are busy seeking "international support" from foreign countries.
The farce they are staging has been criticized by local opinion, and is even not favored among opposition groups.
The two troublemakers' wrongdoing is doomed to fail.