Hong Kong, a rare example of one country two systems: Xi

HONG KONG: Helicopters with the Chinese national flag (R) and the flag of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region fly over Hong Kong, south China, July 1, 2017. A flag-raising ceremony was held at Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong Saturday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland. Xinhua/INP PHOTO

Hong Kong, a rare example of one country two systems: Xi

BEIJING, July 1 (INP): President Xi Jinping said Saturday the central government will unswervingly implement the policy of “one country, two systems” and make sure that it is fully applied in Hong Kong without being bent or distorted.

Hong Kong is rare example of One country Two systems. And to uphold and implement it ” meets the interests of the Hong Kong people, responds to the needs of maintaining Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability, serves the fundamental interests of the nation, and meets the shared aspiration of all Chinese.

He made the remarks when attending a gathering here celebrating the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, and the inaugural ceremony of the fifth-term government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

The Special Administrative Region’s new Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and her cabinet were sworn in at the ceremony, with Xi administering the oath of office.

Xi gave a speech at the ceremony, outlining Hong Kong’s achievements over the past two decades.

He said the return of Hong Kong marked a major step towards the reunification of China and the implementation of “One Country, Two Systems” in the special administrative region had been a success.

“It provides a formula for the international community in addressing similar issues,” Xi said.

Xi said Hong Kong should accurately and comprehensively implement the “One Country, Two Systems” principle.

“The ‘One Country’ is the root,” Xi said, adding that creating differences and provoking confrontation would not resolve problems.

He urged Hong Kong people to always act in accordance with the Constitution and the Basic Law and enhance awareness of the law among the public, especially young people and civil servants.

Xi also stressed the significance of development, as he hopes Hong Kong can maintain its status as a global financial, trading and shipping center and obtain opportunities from cooperation with the mainland like the Belt and Road Initiative.

In her speech, Lam highlighted her vision for the next five years. Noting “One Country, Two Systems” as the foundation for Hong Kong’s development, Lam said she would uphold the rule of law and take a firm stance to fight against any activities violating sovereignty, stability and national interests.

She stressed her efforts to maintain Hong Kong’s economic growth and encourage innovation, maintaining Hong Kong’s standing as a place with high competitiveness.