HK’s cel­e­bra­tion shared world­wide Over­seas Chi­nese, oth­ers mark event in Brus­sels, Wash­ing­ton and else­where

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF HKSAR - By FU JING in Brus­sels and CHEN WEIHUA in Wash­ing­ton Con­tact the writ­ers at fu­jing@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

As Satur­day’s 20th an­niver­sary of Hong Kong’s re­turn to the moth­er­land ap­proached, Chi­nese em­bassies over­seas were busy cel­e­brat­ing the event.

On Thurs­day night in Brus­sels, a group of 150 Euro­pean of­fi­cials, diplo­mats and over­seas Chi­nese joined in an an­niver­sary event to praise the progress of the spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gion in the past two decades.

The Chi­nese Mis­sion to the Euro­pean Union and China’s em­bassy in Bel­gium joined with the Hong Kong Eco­nomic and Trade Of­fice in Brus­sels to or­ga­nize the cel­e­bra­tion.

Yang Yanyi, China’s am­bas­sador to the EU, said that Hong Kong’s re­turn to China was a his­toric event, and the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” prin­ci­ple has en­sured the ma­jor ac­com­plish­ments the SAR has seen.

“Un­der the prin­ci­ple, Hong Kong peo­ple have ad­min­is­tered Hong Kong with a high de­gree of au­ton­omy that has been suc­cess­fully im­ple­mented over the past 20 years,” Yang said at the cel­e­bra­tion.

She said Hong Kong has re­mained one of the most com­pet­i­tive and dy­namic in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial trade and ship­ping cen­ters of the world and has con­trib­uted uniquely to re­form and open­ing-up and the mod­ern­iza­tion of the Chi­nese main­land.

It has been fully proved that “one coun­try, two sys­tems” is the best in­sti­tu­tional ar­range­ment for the long-term pros­per­ity and sta­bil­ity of Hong Kong, she said.

In the United States, Chi­nese Am­bas­sador Cui Tiankai also ap­plauded the great suc­cess of Hong Kong.

“Hong Kong’s ac­com­plish­ments are out­stand­ing,” he told a crowd of sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple at­tend­ing a cel­e­bra­tion on Thurs­day at the Chi­nese em­bassy to mark the an­niver­sary.

Cui said Hong Kong has seen sus­tained pros­per­ity and sta­bil­ity, re­mained a global fi­nan­cial, trade and ship­ping cen­ter, and led the world in ma­jor indi- cators of so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

“To­day, Hong Kong, the pearl of the East, is shin­ing with ever brighter glory in the hands of the Chi­nese peo­ple,” Cui said.

He said that his­tory has also shown the un­break­able bond and shared fu­ture of Hong Kong and the rest of the Chi­nese na­tion.

“The past 20 years have wit­nessed a pros­per­ous and sta­ble Hong Kong, as well as a fast­de­vel­op­ing China. Hong Kong sup­ported the growth of the main­land, while the main­land drove Hong Kong’s pros­per­ity,” Cui said.

He em­pha­sized that Hong Kong and the main­land stood to­gether when fac­ing fi­nan­cial crises in 1997 and 2007 and the SARS epi­demic in 2003, and they helped each other when struck by nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. “In­deed, Hong Kong’s in­ter­est is the in­ter­est of the moth­er­land, and when the moth­er­land grows, Hong Kong will pros­per,” Cui said.

The Chi­nese em­bassy in Wash­ing­ton also marked the 20th an­niver­sary with a photo ex­hi­bi­tion.

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