Luo Huining, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR, delivers a keynote speech at a high-level seminar on the relationship between the Communist Party of China and the “one country, two systems” principle at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on June 12, 2021. (EDMOND TANG / CHINA DAILY)
HONG KONG - The "one country, two systems", an innovative policy created by the Communist Party of China with political wisdom, has made extraordinary contributions to mankind, the central government's top liaison official in Hong Kong said on Saturday.
Luo Huining, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, made the remarks at a high-level seminar in the financial hub to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Party which falls on July 1.
Even today we can ask, which country in the world would allow the existence of two social systems within its territory?
Luo Huining, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR
"Even today we can ask, which country in the world would allow the existence of two social systems within its territory?" Luo said in his speech.
The Communist Party of China's leading position is chosen by the history and the people, he said.
To push forward the cause of "one country, two systems", the leadership of the CPC must be upheld and the institutional improvements related to the Constitution and the Basic Law must be made, he added.
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Addressing the forum, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said Hong Kong’s smooth return to the motherland is a significant part of the Party’s achievements made during the past century.
A high-level seminar on the relationship between the Communist Party of China and "one country, two systems" is held in Hong Kong, June 12, 2021.
The Party and the central government designed the “one country, two systems” framework to enable Hong Kong people to retain as much as possible their familiar institutional setting and way of life, she said.
It fully demonstrated the Party’s care of Hong Kong people’s well-being and its people-oriented principle, Lam added.
Leung Chun-ying, vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said with the "one country, two systems" principle, the Party has set the precedent of peacefully resolving territorial and sovereignty issues left over by history.
A video about the development of the Chinese mainland and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region over the past 100 years is played during the opening ceremony of the seminar at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on June 12, 2021. (EDMOND TANG / CHINA DAILY)
The seminar also featured a panel discussion moderated by Wang Songmiao, who assumed the office of secretary-general at the liaison office in February.
The event was co-organized by the HKSAR government and four central authorities' organizations in Hong Kong - the liaison office, the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR, the Office for Safeguarding National Security of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR, and the Hong Kong Garrison of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.
Online audiences could access the seminar held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.
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