Beijing (ots/PRNewswire) – As Hong Kong celebrates the 25th anniversary of its return to China, the “One Country, Two Systems” policy is being hailed as a fundamental guarantee of the city’s prosperity and stability.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, who arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday to mark the anniversary celebrations, said the facts proved the great vitality of the “one country, two systems” concept, which guaranteed Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability and ensured the well-being of Hong Kong compatriots.
In a brief speech at the West Kowloon High Speed Railway Station, Xi called on Hong Kong to unswervingly adhere to the principle of “one country, two systems” and strive for a better future.
Xi: Hong Kong emerges stronger from tests
“My last visit to Hong Kong was five years ago,” said Xi, who visited Hong Kong in 2017 as the city celebrated the 20th anniversary of its return to China.
Xi said he had been concerned about and cared for Hong Kong all along. “My heart and that of the central government are always with the compatriots in Hong Kong,” he said.
Hong Kong, he said, has survived a series of severe trials and faced a series of risks and challenges over the years, and has been stronger and full of vigor ever since.
He praised the strong vitality of “One Country, Two Systems” and said that as long as this principle is unswervingly maintained, Hong Kong will surely have an even brighter future and make a new, greater contribution to the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
The two leaders will attend the 50th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China and the opening ceremony of the sixth term of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Friday.
In a meeting with Carrie Lam, chief executive of the Hong Kong SAR, on Thursday, Xi praised her efforts in consistently implementing the principle of “one country, two systems” and the Basic Law, as well as her role in facilitating Hong Kong’s transition from chaos to order.
“One country, two systems” is a fundamental policy that the Chinese government has pursued since regaining sovereignty over Hong Kong on July 1, 1997.
Despite the many challenges over the past 25 years, the practice of “one country, two systems” in Hong Kong has been a “resounding success,” Xi said at a meeting with HKSAR Chief Executive John Lee, newly elected and appointed to a sixth term on May 30.
The central government’s determination to fully and faithfully implement the “one country, two systems” principle has never wavered and will not change, he said.
Xi has repeatedly stressed the need to fully and faithfully implement the “One Country” principle and make good use of the advantages of the “Two Systems.”
Hong Kong has made remarkable development since he returned to China under the slogan of “One Country, Two Systems.”
In 2021, Hong Kong’s economy grew from 1.37 trillion Hong Kong dollars in 1997 to 2.86 trillion Hong Kong dollars (about $364 billion). During this period, total foreign trade in goods more than tripled to 10.27 trillion Hong Kong dollars.
Hong Kong has become an international financial, shipping and trading center. The country is consistently rated by international institutions as one of the freest and most competitive economies with a world-class business environment.
The average life expectancy in Hong Kong in 2021 was 83 years for men and 87.7 years for women, up from 76.8 years and 82.2 years, respectively, in 1997.
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