Date
19 November 2017
Li Keqiang said 'Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong' with 'a high degree of autonomy' remains China's policy toward the city. Photos: Bloomberg, Xinhua
Li Keqiang said 'Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong' with 'a high degree of autonomy' remains China's policy toward the city. Photos: Bloomberg, Xinhua

‘One country, two systems’ basic state policy: Li

Premier Li Keqiang has reaffirmed that “one country, two systems”, ”Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong” and “a high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong” is basic state policy for the governance of the special administrative region, Ming Pao Daily reported.

At a news conference Sunday after the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress, Li was asked if Beijing will tighten its policy on Hong Kong.

He said the central government will back the chief executive in administering the city according to the law and will continue increasing its support to Hong Kong.

“Hong Kong will continue to play a special role in the country’s reform and opening-up as well as modernization drive,” Li said.

When a reporter said many people are not optimistic about the passing of the official proposal for electoral reform because of the central government’s tough stance, Li did not respond.

Li said in his speech at the closing session of parliament that “one country, two systems” has been written into the constitution and the Basic Law.

He said the policy reflects the will of the state and the people, which cannot be easily changed.

Civic Party leader Alan Leong Ka-kit was quoted in the report as saying that Li’s tone was more moderate in his closing remarks than it was earlier, but it remains to be seen whether the central government will make any concession over the political reform proposal.

Legislative councilor Paul Tse Wai-chun agreed the central government will not, in general, tighten its policies toward Hong Kong, but he said it will fine-tune its policies regarding the young and public security.

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