AUSPICIOUS FUTURE SEEN FOR HK
President says opportunities lie ahead, calls for confidence in SAR and country
President Xi Jinping called on Friday for Hong Kong people to have confidence in themselves, the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the country, ahead of the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland.
Hong Kong people have made tremendous contributions to the country’s reform and opening-up in the past decades, which will never be forgotten by the central government and the whole nation, Xi said while delivering a speech at a banquet hosted by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to welcome the president.
Xi pointed out that Hong Kong has many advantages, including an open and free economy, free flow of talent, cargo and capital, an advanced judicial system and clean government.
Hong Kong also has policy advantages, as some pilot projects take place in Hong Kong under the framework of “one country, two systems”, the president said, adding that such projects will bring more opportunities for the development of the Hong Kong SAR.
As long as Hong Kong strengthens those advantages, it will definitely continue to attract international capital and talent, Xi said.
Noting that China has become the largest contributor to global economic growth, Xi said the country’s rapid development means great opportunities for Hong Kong. The country’s prosperity will help Hong Kong resist risks and boost development, he said.
Saturday, July 1 marks the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return from British rule and the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR. Xi will attend the inauguration of the fifth-term government of the Hong Kong SAR today (Saturday).
The implementation of “one country, two systems” proved to be a great success in Hong Kong in the past two decades, Xi said. He reaf- firmed that the principle will not be changed.
It’s a historic move that China created “one country, two systems”, to implement socialism in the main part of the country while practicing capitalism in some special regions, Xi said, adding that such an innovative path had never before been created in any other country.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying expressed gratitude for the central government’s support for him and the Hong Kong SAR Government. The countr y has attached great importance to Hong Kong’s function and needs and has spared no efforts to support Hong Kong, he said.
Saying he was confident about the future of Hong Kong, Leung also extended best wishes for the next term of the Hong Kong SAR Government, which will be led by Chief Executive-designate Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor starting from today.
David Wong Yau-kar, a Hong Kong deputy to the National People’s Congress and chairman of the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority in Hong Kong, said Xi’s speech gives Hong Kong confidence to pursue a brighter future by actively joining the nation’ s development, such as through the Belt and Road Initiative and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
Hong Kong’s successful transformation from a small fishing village to a metropolis is built on abundant opportunities brought by the nation’s development, a wellestablished system under the “one country, two systems” principle and its own efforts, he said.
Irons Sze Wing-wai, a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said Xi’s speech has pointed a clear direction for the city’s commercial and industrial sectors in exploring its future.
“AS LONG AS HONG KONG STRENGTHENS THOSE ADVANTAGES, IT WILL DEFINITELY CONTINUE TO ATTRACT INTERNATIONAL CAPITAL AND TALENT.”
President Xi Jinping joins the chorus after the grand variety show on Friday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of the event celebrating the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland.
President Xi Jinping proposes a toast at a banquet on Friday night.