Photo taken on June 12, 2022 shows Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, at Government House in Hong Kong, south China. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Hong Kong was back on track “one country, two systems” and its future was very bright.
“Hong Kong is now more stable than ever. I am confident that with the unwavering support of the central authorities, Hong Kong will have a bright future by focusing on economic development and leveraging its unique advantages,” said Lamb in an interview. with Xinhua.
SUCCESSFUL PRACTICE OF “ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS”
Hailing “one country, two systems” as a grand vision and a revolutionary cause, Lam said his practice in Hong Kong over the past 25 years has proven fruitful.
At a meeting celebrating the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland on July 1, 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping outlined the relationship between “one country” and “two systems”.
“‘A country’ is like the roots of a tree. For a tree to grow tall and lush, its roots must be deep and strong,” Xi said.
“I especially like the metaphor of a tree,” Lam said. “Only by taking ‘one country’ as the foundation and safeguarding China’s sovereignty, security and development interests can the ‘two systems’ fully play their roles.”
Recognizing that Hong Kong has gone through great challenges and difficulties over the past five years, Lam said he is now back on track.
To boost Hong Kong’s development, Lam called for efforts to educate Hong Kong residents about national security, better integrate Hong Kong into national development, and promote the development of various sectors, including innovation and technology. technology, and financial services.
NATIONAL SECURITY SAFEGUARD
Recalling the 2019 unrest, Lam said the central government reacted decisively by introducing the National Security Law in Hong Kong, playing a key role in ending violence and chaos and restoring order in the town.
“It is imperative to develop a strong legal system and enforcement mechanisms for Hong Kong to safeguard national security,” Lam said. “Otherwise, not only Hong Kong’s security would be compromised, but also the whole country would be in great danger.”
The 2019 unrest made people see that a national security legislative loophole in Hong Kong could lead to infiltrations or acts of sabotage against the mainland via Hong Kong by outside forces, she added. .
“The national security law in Hong Kong has provided us with a solid foundation to move forward,” Lam said.
PATRIOTS ADMINISTERING HONG KONG
From September 2021 to May 2022, under the new electoral system, the HKSAR successfully held elections for the Electoral Committee, the seventh term of the Legislative Council (LegCo) and the sixth term of the Director General. A growing number of able and patriotic people have entered the Hong Kong SAR ruling structure.
Lam said the purpose of improving the Hong Kong SAR’s electoral system was to better implement the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong.”
“In the past, when it comes to elections, I was worried that unpatriotic people would enter the Legislative Assembly, thereby hampering the administration of the Hong Kong SAR government. They might even use this platform to do something against the central authority and undermine the relationship between the central authority and the Hong Kong SAR,” she said. “Now those concerns are gone.”
Implementing the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong” has enabled the Hong Kong SAR government to achieve more achievements, Lam said, adding that future HK SAR officials will be more confident in planning for Hong Kong’s future.
OPTIMISTIC FOR THE FUTURE
Lam pointed to the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area as the most remarkable achievement in the past five years. The commissioning of the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and the border checkpoint at Liantang Port/Heung Yuen Wai facilitated the formation of a “one-hour circle lifestyle” in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
“For Hong Kong to have a better future, it is imperative to integrate Hong Kong into China’s overall development,” she said.
Over the past 25 years, cooperation and exchanges between Hong Kong and the mainland have deepened, Lam noted, adding that the country’s 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) helps Hong Kong enhance its status as a major hub. finance, transport, international trade. center and hub for international aviation, as well as strengthening its roles as a global renminbi offshore business hub, international asset management hub and risk management hub.
The plan also helps Hong Kong develop into an international center for innovation and technology, a center for international legal services and dispute resolution in the Asia-Pacific region, a regional hub for intellectual property exchange, a hub for artistic and cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world, and in promoting its service industries for high-end and high-value-added development, she added.
“Hong Kong has a better foundation in the future, and we should be more confident to do something innovative to boost Hong Kong’s economy and improve people’s livelihoods,” Lam said.
“I’m optimistic about the future of Hong Kong because we are back on track of ‘one country, two systems’.”