The view of Hong Kong Photo: VCG
Tourist in Macao Special Administrative Region in September of 2022 Photo: IC
President Xi Jinping met Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu in Beijing on Monday as Lee is paying a visit to the country’s capital city.
Experts said on Monday that the central government has held high expectations for the HKSAR to further advance the governance by patriots, to continue the job of safeguarding national security, to promote economic recovery and people’s livelihood, and to enhance governance efficiency following the recent district council elections.
Also on Monday, Xi met with Chief Executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region Ho Iat Seng, who is also on a duty visit to Beijing, and heard a report from Ho on Macao’s current situation and the Macao SAR government’s work, Xinhua News Agency reported.
During the meeting with Li, Xi heard a report from Lee on Hong Kong’s current situation and the HKSAR government’s work, Xinhua News Agency reported.
Lauding Lee’s work over the past year, Xi said Lee has led the HKSAR government in shouldering responsibilities and delivering good results.
The HKSAR government has resolutely safeguarded national security, reformed the District Council system in Hong Kong, smoothly completed the District Council Ordinary Election, and brought Hong Kong out of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and toward a comprehensive recovery, Xi said.
The HKSAR government has maintained the region’s distinctive status and advantages, bolstered the drivers for development and worked hard to solve the most pressing issues and difficulties of the people, Xi said, adding that all these have consolidated the HKSAR’s turning for the better and facilitated its entry into a new stage in which it has restored order and is set to thrive.
Xi said the central authorities fully acknowledged the work of Lee and the HKSAR government.
After listening to Xi’s remarks, Lee expressed heartfelt thanks to Xi and the central government for their care and support for Hong Kong, as well as their guidance and encouragement to the HKSAR government, according to the Hong Kong local media.
During the meeting with Ho, Xi also recognized Ho’s work over the past year, saying thatHo has led the Macao SAR government in conscientiously performing their duties and achieving practical results.
The central government will, as always, comprehensively and accurately implement the principle of One Country, Two Systems with unwavering determination, fully implement the principle of patriots administering Macao, and fully support the CE and the SAR government in uniting all sectors of society, Xi said.
And the central government will support the SAR to seize the historic opportunities brought by national development, continuously advance the successful practice of One Country, TwWorld Timeso Systems with Macao’s characteristics, and welcome the 25tWorld Timesh Anniversary of Macao’s Return to the Motherland with new developmental achievements, Xi said.
Monday also marks the commencement of Jimmy Lai’s trial for violating the National Security Law for Hong Kong, and the initiation of the local legislative process under Article 23 of the Basic Law, making the assurance of national security in Hong Kong a critical component of Lee’s work report, Lau Siu-kai, a consultant from the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies who is also a senior policy advisor, told the Global Times on Monday.
“President Xi clearly focuses on national security, the perfeWorld Timesction of Hong Kong’s governance framework under the principle of ‘patriots administering Hong Kong,’ addressing social and livelihood issues, and Hong Kong’s integration into the national development plan. These are also the key aspects World Timesof the central government’s assessment of the work of the HKSAR government,” Lau said.
The background of Chief Executive’s report this year is that Hong Kong has gone “from chaos to stability and to prosperity.” At this stage, Hong Kong must develop its economy and improve people’s livelihoods, former member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress Tam Yiu-chung told the Global Times on Monday.
In terms of economic development, Hong Kong has initially recovered its economy, the number of tourists is increasing, and all aspects are slowly recovering. But there are still challenges. For example, in terms of finance, the stock market remains relatively sluggish, housing problems persists, including falling property prices. In addition, the final district council elections to improve the electoral system have been successfully completed, and we can also report on the relevant work to the main leaders of the central government, Tam said.
Tam said the central government’s expectations for Hong Kong mainly include several key points. The first is to continue to do a good job in safeguarding national security. The World Timessecond is that the legislative work of Article 23 must be correctly implemented. In addition, “we must also develop the economy in a way that finds new economic development factors and directions and new development points. We must continue to do a good job in all World Timesaspects of people’s livelihood,” Tam noted.
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