The lawmaker representing the legal sector, Dennis Kwok, has urged the Beijing and SAR governments to protect Hong Kong's image and autonomy in the face of difficult circumstances.
Speaking on RTHK's Letter to Hong Kong, Kwok cited two recent incidents as the most prominent examples of direct attacks on the city's democratic values, including the ban on disqualified lawmaker Lau Siu-lai running for a a Legco seat, and the denial of a visa for foreign journalist Victor Mallet.
He said it's not in anyone's interest - including China - to damage Hong Kong's image and international status.
"I strongly urge those in Hong Kong and Beijing to raise their perspective above the narrow confines of the nationalistic lens, and try to truly understand the importance of Hong Kong as an international city, and the role that Hong Kong can significantly play, especially under the current international atmosphere, amidst the US-China trade war.
"The paranoia of an authoritarian state need not creep into Hong Kong: it is both unnecessary and counter-productive."
Law finished by saying: "It is not in the interests of anyone, including China, to damage Hong Kong's image and status as an international city based on the rule of law and liberal democratic values."