Fiji Sun

Xi draws ‘red line’ for handling mainland-HK relations

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President Xi Jinping a Saturday drew the “red line” for handling relations between the mainland and Hong Kong, warning against attempts to undermine national sovereignt­y or challenge the central government’s power. “Any attempt to endanger national sovereignt­y and security, challenge the power of the central government and the authority of the Basic Law of the HKSAR 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.

Xi made the remarks at a gathering celebratin­g the 20th anniversar­y of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland and the inaugural ceremony of the fifth-term government of the Hong Kong Special Administra­tive Region (HKSAR).

Hong Kong people enjoy more extensive democratic rights and freedom than at any other time in its history, he said.

“The people of Hong Kong, now masters of their own house, run their local affairs within the purview of autonomy of the HKSAR,” he said.

The president stressed the importance of having a correct understand­ing of the relationsh­ip between “one country” and “two systems.”

The concept of “one country, two systems” was advanced, first and foremost, to realize and uphold national unity, according to Xi.

“In conducting day-to-day affairs, we must be guided by a strong sense of ‘one country,’ firmly observe the principle of ‘one country,’ and thus correctly handle the relationsh­ip between the HKSAR and the central government,” he said.

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