Xi urges HK lead­ers to sup­port new ex­ec­u­tive

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF HKSAR - By LUIS LIU in Hong Kong luis­liu@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

Lead­ers from all sec­tors of the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion should pro­mote so­cial sol­i­dar­ity and sup­port Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the in­com­ing Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, and her ad­min­is­tra­tion in im­ple­ment­ing poli­cies, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping said on Fri­day.

Xi, meet­ing some 200 dig­ni­taries from var­i­ous sec­tors in Hong Kong, urged them to take the lead in pro­mot­ing ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the SAR and the Chi­nese main­land.

Xi ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to com­mu­nity lead­ers for their con­tin­u­ous con­tri­bu­tion to the city and coun­try. It was the sec­ond day of his three-day visit, mark­ing the 20th an­niver­sary of the re­gion’s re­turn to China and the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the fifth-term gov­ern­ment of the SAR.

Though the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” prin­ci­ple has been rec­og­nized as a suc­cess in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, Xi no­ticed new chal­lenges and prob­lems have emerged in prac­tice. We should put things in per­spec­tive and an­a­lyze them ra­tio­nally, Xi said.

He said he hoped peo­ple from all sec­tors would unite to find so­lu­tions. When dif­fi­cul­ties are con­quered, and prob­lems solved, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” prin­ci­ple will achieve progress, Xi said.

The cen­tral gov­ern­ment stands firm on “one coun­try, two sys­tems”, and for Hong Kong, the fo­cus is not on whether the prin­ci­ple will change or not, but how to im­ple­ment it com­pre­hen­sively and ac­cu­rately, Xi stressed.

Xi urged the lead­ers to sup­port Lam and the SAR gov­ern­ment in gov­ern­ing the city ac­cord­ing to law, and called on them to act as a bridge be­tween the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple, fa­cil­i­tate eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and help im­prove peo­ple’s liveli­hood.

The pres­i­dent also called for those at the meet­ing to take lead­ing roles in safe­guard­ing unity, so­cial har­mony and sta­bil­ity, and in solv­ing prob­lems for young peo­ple.

Xi also met with the vice-chair­man of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence and first chief ex­ec­u­tive of the SAR, Tung Chee-hwa. Xi praised Tung for “blazing the trail” in im­ple­ment­ing “one coun­try, two sys­tems”. He said he hoped Tung would con­tinue play­ing his pos­i­tive role in the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try and Hong Kong.

Tung said he felt proud of the na­tion’s progress in re­cent years un­der the Chi­nese lead­er­ship with Xi at its core. Tung said he is con­fi­dent Hong Kong will main­tain its pros­per­ity and sta­bil­ity by im­ple­ment­ing “one coun­try, two sys­tems”.

The pres­i­dent also met the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of the Ma­cao Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion Fer­nando Chui Sai-on in Hong Kong. Xi praised Ma­cao for fully im­ple­ment­ing “one coun­try, two sys­tems” and safe­guard­ing na­tional se­cu­rity. He hoped Ma­cao will di­ver­sify its de­vel­op­ment and con­sol­i­date its achieve­ments.

Chui ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for the sup­port from Xi and the cen­tral gov­ern­ment to the Ma­cao SAR. He vowed to seize op­por­tu­ni­ties brought by the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment and serve its needs while im­prov­ing the city’s com­pet­i­tive­ness.

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