Zhang urges every­one in HK to build con­sen­sus

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By LUIS LIU in Hong Kong luis­liu@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

All sec­tors in Hong Kong should build con­sen­sus and con­tinue pro­mot­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” prin­ci­ple, the cen­tral govern­ment’s top li­ai­son of­fi­cial stressed on Tues­day. Zhang Xiaom­ing, di­rec­tor of the Li­ai­son Of­fice of the Cen­tral Peo­ple’s Govern­ment in the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion, was speak­ing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony of the ninth-term board of the Fed­er­a­tion of Hong Kong Guang­dong Com­mu­nity Or­ga­ni­za­tions. Zhang also en­cour­aged Hong Kong peo­ple to con­tinue work­ing hard to achieve pros­per­ity and sta­bil­ity. This comes more than a week af­ter Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s visit to Hong Kong to com­mem­o­rate the 20th an­niver­sary of the city’s re­turn to China. Zhang noted that Xi’s speeches were widely dis­cussed among lead­ers in the com­mu­nity. Zhang said this showed that the pres­i­dent’s visit was a suc­cess and had made a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the SAR. The speeches showed the cen­tral govern­ment’s care and sup­port for the peo­ple of Hong Kong. It also ex­plained “one coun­try, two sys­tems” com­pre­hen­sively and accu rately, Zhang said. By clar­i­fy­ing the mean­ing, ob­jec­tives — and also the line peo­ple should not cross — Xi’s speeches of­fered sage ad­vice to Hong Kong. This would help peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” prin­ci­ple. They could then im­ple­ment it faith­fully and fully, added Zhang. He hoped Hong Kong could grasp the key mes­sage from Xi’s speeches. Zhang said the pres­i­dent had re­it­er­ated the orig­i­nal mean­ing of the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” — es­pe­cially the re­la­tion­ship be­tween “one coun­try” and “two sys­tems”. Xi also stressed the im­por­tance of up­hold­ing the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion and Hong Kong’s Ba­sic Law, Zhang said. He also quoted Xi in em­pha­siz­ing the im­por­tance of build­ing sol­i­dar­ity un­der the prin­ci­ple of “lov­ing the coun­try and the city”. The pres­i­dent said devel­op­ment, Hong Kong-main­land in­te­gra­tion and youth ed­u­ca­tion should get top pri­or­ity, Zhang con­cluded. He hopes the fed­er­a­tion can play a lead­ing role in en­hanc­ing sol­i­dar­ity, pro­mot­ing cross-bound­ary ex­changes and car­ing for young peo­ple. Dur­ing his 49-hour visit to Hong Kong from June 29 to July 1, Xi at­tended 20 events, meet­ing many or­di­nary peo­ple.

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