Xi’s HK visit leaves upbeat impression
President urges unity, reaffirms ‘one country, two systems’
PresidentXiJinping’stripto Hong Kong, which concluded on Saturday, boosted the confidence of its people for a better future, despite various challenges remaining ahead, analysts and residents said.
During his 49-hour visit to the special administrative region, Xi participated in 20 activities and held intensive talks with people from all walks of life, ranging from schoolchildren and teenagers to top government officials.
He also inspected the People’s Liberation Army’s Shek Kong barracks in Hong Kong on Friday. The garrison should resolutely champion State sovereignty and ensure the region’s prosperity and stability, he said.
In his speech on Saturday marking the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China, Xi called on the fifth-term government of the Hong Kong SAR to unite people of all sectors to fully and faithfully implement the principle of “one country, two systems”.
Noting that China’s rapid development provides an invaluable opportunity, Xi called on the people to “cherish the opportunity, seize it and focus your energy on Hong Kong’s development”.
He said that there are many challenges for Hong Kong. For example, it has yet to build public consensus on some major political and legal matters; the Hong Kong economy faces a number of hurdles; and housing and other issues that affect the daily lives of the people have become more serious.
To address the challenges, Xi said, “We must stay on the right and steady course, gain a full understanding of the policy of ‘one country, two systems’ and faithfully implement it.”
In his speech, Xi warned against moves to undermine national sovereignty or challenge the central government’s power.
“Any attempt to endanger China’s sovereignty and security, challenge the power of the central government and the authority of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or use Hong Kong to carry out infiltration and sabotage activities against the mainland is an act that crosses the red line, and is absolutely impermissible,” he said.
Many Hong Kong people expressed appreciation for the president’s visit, saying they hope the public will heed the messages the president brought and reunite to achieve an even brighter future.
Lau Siu-kai, vice-president of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies, said he was delighted to see Xi reaffirming the central government’s firm stance in implementing the “one country, two systems” principle in Hong Kong.
The president’s commitment to it helps boost people’s confidence in Hong Kong’s long-term prosperity and stability, and helps it focus on devising strategies to push forward its own development along with the country’s.
Any attempt to ... challenge the power of the central government ... is an act that crosses the red line.” President Xi Jinping