Date
12 December 2017
China has pointed out that Hong Kong's autonomy is not an inherent power, "but one that comes solely from the authorization by the central leadership." Photo: HKEJ
China has pointed out that Hong Kong's autonomy is not an inherent power, "but one that comes solely from the authorization by the central leadership." Photo: HKEJ

Beijing offers a reminder on supervision power over HK

The central government has the power of supervision over the high degree of autonomy enjoyed by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the State Council said in a document released Tuesday. 

In a so-called white paper detailing the “One Country, Two Systems” practice, Beijing said “the high degree of autonomy of HKSAR is not an inherent power, but one that comes solely from the authorization by the central leadership.”

The policy has enabled Hong Kong to remain stable and prosper, with the local government empowered to rule with a high degree of autonomy according to the law, it said.

The white paper, a 23,000-word document, illustrates in detail how Hong Kong was handed over to the mother country, the establishment of the SAR, the outstanding achievement of Hong Kong since the handover, the support given by the central government, and the successful implementation of “One Country, Two Systems”, state news agency Xinhua reported.

However, it said the “One Country, Two Systems” has encountered some new problems, as some people in Hong Kong have not got totally accustomed to the big historical change, and have some unclear or lopsided understanding of the principle.

To promote “One Country, Two Systems”, Hong Kong has to stick to the principle of defending state sovereignty and safety, and maintaining long-term prosperity and stability, the document said. People in the city need to have a comprehensive and precise understanding of the system.

Hong Kong must hold on to the one country principle and respect the difference in the two systems, it said. The city can use the advantage of having the mainland’s support, and tie this advantage with Hong Kong’s own competitiveness, said the document which was released by the State Council Information Office.

It also said that Hong Kong has to stay alert on foreign powers which want to use the city as a means to meddle in China’s internal affairs. Attempts made by a small number of people acting in collusion with outside forces to roil the implementation of the “One Country, Two Systems” policy must be repelled, the white paper said.

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