Zheng Yanxiong, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and an NPC delegate, attends the first session of the 14th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China on March 5, 2023. (PHOTO / COURTESY OF LIAISON OFFICE OF THE CENTRAL PEOPLE'S GOVERNMENT IN THE HONG KONG SAR)
Hong Kong is bound to benefit from the Chinese path to modernization as long as it stays committed to the “one country, two systems” and leverage the unique strengths the principle entails, said the central government’s liaison chief in the city and Hong Kong delegates to the nation’s top legislature.
Hong Kong deputies to the 14th National People's Congress held a plenary meeting on Sunday afternoon to deliberate the Government Work Report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang at the opening of the first session of the 14th NPC in Beijing earlier in the day.
At a media briefing on Sunday evening, several Hong Kong deputies to the NPC also shared their thoughts over the Government Work Report
Being at the front row to experience and witness Hong Kong's historic transition from chaos to stability and prosperity, the city's NPC delegates have come to value, more than ever, the "one country, two systems" principle and safeguard the leadership of the central government and President Xi Jinping, said Zheng Yanxiong, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and a NPC delegate.
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Hong Kong, under the "one country, two systems" principle, could provide greater momentum for the country's path to modernization, international connectivity and renminbi internationalization and contribute to the national unification and the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, he said.
Therefore, Hong Kong should give full play to the advantages brought by the "one country, two systems" principles, consolidate the spirit of the city's long-standing rule of law and common law legal system, as well as boost the city's cultural diversity in order to continue to lure global talents, investors and visitors to the city, added the liaison chief.
Only when one country is firmly safeguarded, the two systems will prosper, he said, stressing that Hong Kong must always bear in mind that safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests are the overarching principle and fundamental line in implementing “one country, two systems”.
To achieve this, the SAR needs to firmly eradicate the sources for causing chaos, consolidate the orderly status, stimulate the momentum for prosperity and lead and unite its residents, he added.
Pointing out that the work of Hong Kong is a vital part in the nation's development, Zheng said he will continue to lead the liaison office to fully implement the spirit of the national "two sessions" in the SAR and better serve the city’s interests.
Total 22 Hong Kong deputies to the NPC attended the meeting.
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At a media briefing on Sunday evening, several Hong Kong deputies to the NPC also shared their thoughts over the Government Work Report.
Ma Fung-kwok, the leader of the Hong Kong delegation to the NPC, said he was inspired by the country's economic and technological achievement mentioned in the report.
Hong Kong must seize the great opportunity in the process of the nation's modernization and make more contribution to it, he said.
Stanley Ng Chau-pei, a NPC delegate and president of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions said the work report has set a high development goal for the country.
The Hong Kong society can analyze the report well and work accordingly for the sake of deepening the city's integration into the national development, he added.