Premier Li Keqiang has expressed confidence that the principle of “one country, two systems” will serve Hong Kong well.
He told the Financial Times in an interview: “In spite of what happened recently in Hong Kong, we believe that past progress has shown that the principle of ‘one country, two systems’ is the right way to take and that Hong Kong will maintain long-term stability and prosperity.”
The premier told the newspaper’s editor, Lionel Barber: “About Hong Kong, you know that we always follow the principles of ‘one country, two systems’, ‘the people of Hong Kong administering Hong Kong’ and a high degree of autonomy.
“The Chinese central government will continue to support the Hong Kong [Special Administrative Region] government and the Hong Kong SAR chief executive in administering the region in accordance with law.”
In the interview, conducted in the Hall of Hong Kong at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Li was asked whether he was worried about problems in the future such as student unrest in Hong Kong.
Li replied: “The splendid night scene of Hong Kong in the picture behind us carries three key messages: the ‘one country, two systems’ principle has strong vitality; the Hong Kong SAR government has full capability; and the Hong Kong residents have their wisdom.
“We believe all issues can be properly settled.”
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