Date
24 September 2017
The US says its long-standing policy is supportive of former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping’s principle of ‘one country, two systems’ and of the high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong. Photos: blogs.cfr.org, HKEJ
The US says its long-standing policy is supportive of former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping’s principle of ‘one country, two systems’ and of the high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong. Photos: blogs.cfr.org, HKEJ

US urges China to uphold ‘one country, two systems’

Beijing should uphold the “one country, two systems” principle in Hong Kong, a US government spokesperson said, pointing out that China has benefited greatly from Hong Kong’s institutions and economic expertise.

“Few would dispute that Hong Kong’s unique society and its institutions are what has allowed Hong Kong to flourish and prosper, and they are precisely what ‘one country, two systems’ was designed to protect,” the spokesperson told EJ Insight.

“China has benefited greatly from Hong Kong’s investments and fiscal expertise, and China’s honoring of its commitment to this principle will allow Hong Kong to continue to prosper and play its leading role in Asian finance and business,” said the spokesperson from the US State Department.

The comments came after China’s State Council issued a white paper on Tuesday to assert its control over Hong Kong.

“The United States has a deep and long-abiding interest in Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity. Our long-standing policy is supportive of (former Chinese leader) Deng Xiaoping’s principle of “one country, two systems” and of the high degree of autonomy mandated by the Basic Law,” said the US spokesperson, who did not wish to be named.

The United States supports the “one country, two systems” formula that guarantees Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign affairs and national defense, the spokesperson said in an emailed reply.

The central government has the power of supervision over the high degree of autonomy enjoyed by Hong Kong, the State Council said in its white paper Tuesday. In the document detailing the “one country, two systems” practice, Beijing said “the high degree of autonomy of [Hong Kong] is not an inherent power, but one that comes solely from the authorization by the central leadership.”

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