Commissioner Xie Feng: The international community should fully and accurately understand the Basic Law and earnestly support its implementation

On 6 April 2020, Commissioner Xie Feng received via video a courtesy call from new consuls-general of Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, the Dominican Republic and Pakistan in Hong Kong, during which he shared with the consuls-general several key points about the Basic Law of the HKSAR.

Commissioner Xie said that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the promulgation of the Basic Law, and the practice of "One Country, Two Systems", which is to remain unchanged for 50 years, has entered its medium term. Taking stock of the past 23 years, we can find that at the crux of the strife in Hong Kong over the decades is often a failure to understand the Basic Law comprehensively and accurately. In particular, activists trying to sow trouble in Hong Kong and China at large have deliberately distorted the principles of the Basic Law, and obstructed the comprehensive and accurate implementation of the instrument. They have even played the victim, and accused instead the Central government and the HKSAR government of violating the Basic Law and the policy of "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong", and eroding Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy. Therefore, it is imperative for us to get the basics straight and set things right.

Commissioner Xie said that the Basic Law codifies "One Country, Two Systems" into law with concrete provisions and institutional arrangements. To fully and accurately understand it, it is important to grasp the relations between the Constitution of the PRC and the Basic Law of the HKSAR, between "One Country" and "Two Systems", and between the Central government's overall jurisdiction and the HKSAR's high degree of autonomy. It is also important to realize that safeguarding national sovereignty, security and unity is crucial for comprehensively and accurately implementing "One Country, Two Systems", and is a constitutional obligation of the HKSAR under the Basic Law.

Commissioner Xie emphasized that as supporters of the "One Country, Two Systems" policy and stakeholders in Hong Kong's prosperity and stability, members of the international community should fully and accurately understand the Basic Law and earnestly support its implementation. Only when the Basic Law is implemented in a comprehensive and accurate manner, and the systems and mechanisms related to implementing the Constitution and the Basic Law in the HKSAR are improved to keep abreast with the times, can we ensure greater success of the endeavor of "One Country, Two Systems".

The consuls-general thanked Commissioner Xie for giving such an authoritative, comprehensive and in-depth briefing on the Basic Law upon their assumption of office, which will help them grasp the principles and core contents of the Basic Law. They pledged to continue to respect and support the implementation of the Basic Law and the practice of "One Country, Two Systems".

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