Political Participation of Fujianese Interest Groups
The Fujianese interest groups lobby the government, utilize the mass media and have members with shared interests. They have become increasingly active in the political arena of Hong Kong, supporting Beijing’s policies toward Hong Kong and the Hong Kong administration. The political participation of the leaders of Fujianese interest groups in the high level of politics of Hong Kong and mainland China is prominent, including the Legislative Council elections, the election of the Chief Executive, the election of Hong Kong members to the National People’s Congress and the appointment of Hong Kong members to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. At the grassroots level of Hong Kong politics, Fujianese interest groups have become an electoral machine for candidates from pro-Beijing political forces. The alliance between Fujianese groups and Chinese officials in Hong Kong is noticeable in their group activities. The active political participation of Fujianese groups in Hong Kong is undoubtedly a hallmark of the territory’s political development, demonstrating the depth and breadth of China’s united front work in the HKSAR.