Xi Jinping to attend meeting marking 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to motherland, ‘charting the future of the city’s development’

Celebration posters are seen on a street in Hong Kong, south China, June 19, 2022. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland. (Photo: Xinhua)

Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend a meeting marking the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland and will also attend the inaugural ceremony for the sixth term of office of the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the news agency reported on Saturday. Xinhua.

In 2017, the Chinese president visited Hong Kong SAR for three days for his 20th anniversary homecoming and also attended the inaugural ceremony of the Hong Kong SAR’s fifth term government. During his visit in 2017, Xi pledged to uphold and implement the “one country, two systems” principle, saying it is an excellent initiative that China is pursuing.

And any attempt to endanger China’s sovereignty and security, to challenge the power of the central government and the authority of the Basic Law of the HKSAR or to use Hong Kong to carry out infiltration and sabotage activities against the mainland is an act that crosses the red line, and is absolutely unconscionable, Xi said in the speech at a meeting celebrating the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland on July 1, 2017.

Carrie Lam, incumbent chief executive of the Hong Kong SAR, welcomed and expressed deepest gratitude on Saturday for President Xi’s presence.

Over the past five years, with the warm greetings of President Xi and the full support of central authorities, the Hong Kong SAR has resolutely implemented the “one country, two systems” principle, Lam noted.

Xi’s presence at a meeting celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland and the inaugural ceremony of the sixth Hong Kong SAR government fully shows the importance central authorities attach and their support for Hong Kong. Kong, she said.

The new chief executive of the Hong Kong SAR government, John Lee, said Xi’s attendance at the meeting and inaugural ceremony comes at a time of Hong Kong’s transition from chaos to chaos. stability and prosperity, which is of great importance, and Lee said he was excited about that.

Since the city’s return to the motherland, the successful practice of “one country, two systems” provides the best institutional guarantee for Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity, Lee said.

Details of the upcoming program were not disclosed. Experts from the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong believe that Xi’s presence at the critical historic juncture as 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of the implementation of “one country, two systems” will convey great importance and will indicate the future direction of Hong Kong’s practice of democracy.

Hong Kong has seen many changes and challenges over the past five years. The social unrest of 2019 revealed the serious shortcomings of local governance and safeguarding national security in Hong Kong, but the implementation of the National Security Law for Hong Kong and the reform of the electoral system with the principle of “only patriots governing Hong Kong” has brought social order and the practice of “one country, two systems” back on track.

Xi will point out a clear direction for the development of Hong Kong’s democracy at the upcoming event, Lau Siu-kai, vice president of the China Association for Hong Kong and Macao Studies, told the Global Times.

By maintaining the new electoral system for a long time, it will help to fully implement the principle of “only patriots rule Hong Kong” which will become a solid foundation of Hong Kong’s political system and help solve these problems that are deeply rooted in the means of social livelihood, economy and education, Lau said, noting that Xi’s presence and the messages delivered at the event will be of great significance for Hong Kong’s future development.

Officials and representatives of different social spheres follow the quarantine rules before the ceremonies. The Global Times has learned from some lawmakers invited to attend the ceremonies that they must pass daily nucleic acid tests until the end of the month and follow closed-loop management from Thursday, including not taking the public transport and public gatherings.

Some will also stay at the designated hotel for quarantine one day before the ceremonies as part of anti-epidemic measures.

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