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Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 10:17
'One country, two systems' stressed in Xi's thought
By Willa Wu and Luis Liu
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 10:17 By Willa Wu and Luis Liu

HONG KONG - The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on Tuesday announced that Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era would be written into the CPC Constitution.

Upholding the “one country, two systems” principle and promoting national reunification were part of the basic policy for carrying out Xi's thought, the congress said.

The resolution approved by the congress on the CPC Central Committee report said it is imperative to fully and faithfully implement the policies of “one country, two systems”, “the people of Hong Kong governing Hong Kong”, “the people of Macao governing Macao”, and a high degree of autonomy of both regions in strict compliance with the national Constitution and Basic Laws of the two special administrative regions.

The congress also hoped compatriots in Hong Kong and Macao can share the historic responsibility of national rejuvenation and pride in a strong, prosperous China, the resolution said.

The congress also stressed that the Party will never let any person, organization or political party, at any time or in any form, separate any Chinese territories or areas from China.

Upholding “one country, two systems” and promoting national reunification first appeared among 14 points highlighted in the report. It was delivered by General Secretary Xi Jinping on Oct 18 during the opening session of the 19th CPC National Congress.

The 14 points form the basic policy underpinning the Party’s endeavors to uphold and develop socialism with Chinese characteristics in the new era. The CPC confirmed this on the last day of the congress, after approving Xi’s report.

In the revised Party Constitution adopted by the congress on Tuesday, Xi’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era is incorporated as a new component of the Party’s guidelines for action.

The congress’ conclusion also saw 204 members elected into the new 19th CPC Central Committee. Among them are: Zhang Xiaoming, director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council; Wang Zhimin, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR; and Zheng Xiaosong, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao SAR.

Upholding “one country, two systems” is part of the basic policy for applying and developing the Party’s new thought. This indicates that “one country, two systems” now has a new status in the CPC’s governance, Wang said during congress deliberations.

Zheng said his office would spare no efforts implementing the new Thought through helping integrate Macao into the country’s overall development. It would also let Macao people share the responsibility and a sense of pride in doing this. 

Hong Kong’s political leaders said the resolution stressed Hong Kong and Macao’s significance in the nation’s overall development.

Stanley Ng Chau-pei, National People’s Congress member and chairman of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, told China Daily the resolution demonstrated the country’s logic behind implementing the “one country, two systems” principle. This shows the nation’s rejuvenation is a dream shared by all Chinese.

A prosperous and stable Hong Kong and Macao are an important part of the process. Hong Kong and Macao people should participate in this, Ng said.

He noted that most Hong Kong and Macao people share a sense of national identity. He hoped by putting “one country, two systems” into the new thought, Hong Kong’s development could also witness a “new era”.

willa@chinadailyhk.com

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