Spokesperson of the Commissioner's Office: The improvement of the electoral system of the HKSAR ensures full implementation of the "patriots administer Hong Kong" principle, and no external interference will ever hamper the enduring success of "One Country, Two Systems"
2021/03/30
 

On 30 March, the spokesperson of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in the HKSAR expressed firm support for the adoption of amendments to Annex I and Annex II of the Basic Law of the HKSAR at the 27th session of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), another major positive step to adhere to and improve the institutional framework of "One Country, Two Systems". It will ensure patriots administer Hong Kong, contribute to the city's prosperity and stability in the long run, and safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests.

 

The spokesperson pointed out that the NPC Standing Committee's improvement of the electoral system of the HKSAR at the constitutional level in accordance with the NPC's decision has provided sound institutional guarantees for ensuring patriots administer Hong Kong. The improvement makes the electoral system more democratic and balanced, expands the space and avenues of political participation for Hong Kong residents, and leads to a democratic system in line with Hong Kong's constitutional order and reality. It is a sure way of ensuring political stability and the security of political power in Hong Kong, a necessary measure to enhance the efficacy of governance and uphold social order here, and a fundamental solution to closing the loopholes in the existing electoral system and curbing external interference in local elections. It will both resolve immediate problems and have far-reaching influence. We have every confidence that the improved electoral system will lift Hong Kong from political infighting, enable it to focus on combating Covid-19, reinvigorating economy and improving people's livelihood, better leverage the strengths of "One Country, Two Systems", and steer Hong Kong towards a brighter future.

 

The spokesperson said that the HKSAR government and people across the community have expressed support for the improvement in various ways. Over 2.38 million signatures were collected in 11 days in support of the NPC's decision, and a survey by the Bauhinia Institute found about 70% of the citizens agree that the improvement boosts their confidence in Hong Kong's future. All this proves that the efforts by the NPC and its Standing Committee represent the people's will and the historical trend. Any smear campaign would get nowhere and only meet strong opposition by all Chinese people, including our Hong Kong compatriots.

 

The spokesperson reiterated that Hong Kong is part of China, and that the improvement of its electoral system is China's internal affair. The Chinese government stays firmly committed to safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests, to implementing the "One Country, Two Systems" policy, and to opposing any external interference in Hong Kong affairs. The international community is expected to fully and accurately understand and earnestly support "One Country, Two Systems", and play a constructive role in Hong Kong's prosperity and stability. Any plot by external forces to meddle with Hong Kong affairs and exert pressure on China in whatever form is doomed to fail.

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