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China’s top leg­is­la­tor, Zhang De­jiang, re­it­er­ated on Wed­nes­day the cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s firm po­si­tion on im­ple­ment­ing the “One Coun­try, Two Sys­tems” prin­ci­ple in Hong Kong. He also said he hoped the city’s peo­ple will re­main con­fi­dent in a bright fu­ture for both Hong Kong and the coun­try.

Zhang, chair­man of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress, made the re­mark at an of­fi­cial ban­quet on Wed­nes­day evening at­tended by hun­dreds of of­fi­cials, busi­ness lead­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from a wide spec­trum of the Hong Kong com­mu­nity.

The “One Coun­try, Two Sys­tems” prin­ci­ple has suc­cess­fully main­tained peo­ple’s way of life and the city’s sta­tus as an in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial cen­ter and a free econ­omy, Zhang said on the sec­ond day of his three-day in­spec­tion tour of Hong Kong. He said Hong Kong peo­ple should trea­sure such a con­sti­tu­tional ar­range­ment.

Zhang reaf­firmed that the cen­tral gov­ern­ment will not change the prin­ci­ple, be­cause it is a ba­sic State pol­icy and a strate­gic choice, and has been ef­fec­tive in strength­en­ing the bond be­tween peo­ple from Hong Kong and the main­land.

Any spec­u­la­tion about chang­ing the “One Coun­try, Two Sys­tems” prin­ci­ple in Hong Kong is ground­less, he said.

Zhang called on Hong Kong peo­ple to re­mem­ber the orig­i­nal in­ten­tion of the “One Coun­try, Two Sys­tems” prin­ci­ple, which he said guar­an­tees “Hong Kong peo­ple ad­min­is­ter­ing Hong Kong” and “a

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