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Wang: 'One country' prerequisite of 'two systems'

By Willa Wu
Wang: 'One country' prerequisite of 'two systems'
Wang Zhenmin, head of the Legal Department of the central government’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, delivers a speech at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club on April 12, 2016. (Provided to China Daily)

Legal expert of the Liaison Office Wang Zhenmin warned on Saturday that the "two systems" would no longer continue if it was severely distorted or even used against "one country".

Delivering a keynote speech at a ceremony celebrating the 27th anniversary of the Basic Law, Wang, director of the Legal Affairs Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, reiterated that "one country" is the prerequisite of "two systems", and the high degree of autonomy should not imperil national unity.

Wang urged Hong Kong people to cherish the 'One Country, Two Systems' principle, as once it fails, Hong Kong would lose everything

Wang added that the central government would be more confident in continuing granting Hong Kong high degree of autonomy if the city actively shoulders responsibility in defending national sovereignty, security and development interests.

But he stressed that the central government was not "interfering" Hong Kong’s internal affairs, as Hong Kong is part of the country and the central government is exercising its sovereignty.

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Wang described the country as a large ship while Hong Kong play a part of the ship. He noted that the ship’s security would be threatened if problems occur to a certain part.

Wang urged Hong Kong people to cherish the "One Country, Two Systems" principle, as once it fails, Hong Kong would lose everything.

Attending the same ceremony, outgoing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said Hong Kong would definitely handle well challenges occurring during the implementation of “One Country, Two Systems”, as well as to continue the city’s stability and prosperity.

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