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Xi wants ‘one country, two systems’ unchanged

The Chinese leader said the principle was successful.

Hong Kong must fully implement the “one country, two systems” principle, which achieved accomplishments and recognition globally, President Xi Jinping said.

During the meeting on the 25th year of Hong Kong’s return to the Mainland, Xi advised that Hong Kong must not change the principle, which he said led to secure “national sovereignty, security and development interests and maintain Hong Kong and Macau long-term prosperity and stability.”

He also underscored that Hong Kong must ensure the enforcement of overall jurisdiction by the central government, the high degree of autonomy, and "patriots administering Hong Kong".

As for the next term of government, Xi said Hong Kong must enhance governance efficiency, address social challenges, and maintain harmony and stability.

Echoing Xi, Chief Executive John Lee said the principle provided long-term prosperity and stability for Hong Kong.

“It has been recognised as the world's freest economy, the world's No. 3 global financial centre and the fifth most competitive economy around the globe. Hong Kong is also the world's largest offshore Renminbi hub and the world's No. 1 in terms of air cargo throughput,” said Lee, during his oath-taking as new Hong Kong leader.

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