Hong Kong Managing Director Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor (left) gives a press conference at central government offices, Tamar, Hong Kong on January 6, 2022. Comptroller of the Center for Health Protection of the Department of Health Edwin watches. Tsui Lok-parent. (PHOTO / GOVERNMENT OF HKSAR)
Democracy progresses in SAR under the principle “one country, two systems”
The path of democracy in Hong Kong under the leadership of the Communist Party of China and the central government is the right path for the democratic progress of the Special Administrative Region, which suits the realities of the city and will improve the well-being of its people. residents, think tanks on Hong Kong studies said Tuesday.
One Country, Two Systems Hong Kong Democratic Development Seminar Held in Beijing on Tuesday, Jointly Organized by the China Association for Hong Kong and Macao Studies, One Country Two Systems Research Institute and the Our Hong Kong Foundation.
More than 100 representatives from the mainland and special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao attended the meeting. They discussed the principles and position of the central government on the democratic progress of the Hong Kong SAR, the new electoral system and its implementation.
Xu Ze, chairman of the China Association for Hong Kong and Macao Studies, said that since Hong Kong returned to the homeland in 1997, the central government has strongly supported it in the development of democracy in accordance with the law and orderly.
“The facts have fully proved that the Chinese Party and government are the designer, creator and promoter of democracy in Hong Kong,” he said.
“If the democratic system in Hong Kong fails to guarantee the principle of ‘patriots governing Hong Kong’, surely it will be chaos,” said Xu, adding that the central government has taken decisive steps in recent years to improve conditions. systems to ensure the implementation of the principle. , allowing Hong Kong to move from chaos to good governance.
Wang Zhenmin, director of the Center for Hong Kong and Macao Studies at Tsinghua University, said the right path to democracy in Hong Kong under the “one country, two systems” principle must be led by the central government.
Hong Kong should develop democracy and provide security, achieve good governance and improve the well-being of the people, he said, adding that practice has proven that the Western model of democracy does not work in Hong Kong. Kong.
Hong Kong held its seventh Legislative Council election in December, the first under the overhauled electoral system, which ensures that Hong Kong is ruled by patriots.
He Junzhi, associate dean of the Institute of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao Development Studies at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, said the new electoral system is a beneficial arrangement for the country and the Hong Kong SAR.
It ensures the political security of the country and the SAR and establishes a new mechanism for Hong Kong residents to participate in the management of national and local affairs, he said.
Tam Yiu-chung, member of the Standing Committee of the Hong Kong National People’s Congress, said the strong vitality and institutional resilience of the “one country, two systems” policy is the fundamental guarantee of Hong Kong democracy.
“Hong Kong has a bright future as its democratic development has picked up the pace,” he added.