Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China and there is no room for any discussion on independence or separation from the mainland, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said on Wednesday.
“As we benefit from the opportunities brought by the development of our country and the national policies in our favor, we must clearly recognize that Hong Kong is an inalienable part of our country,” Leung said in his final policy speech.
Hong Kong should make good use of the “one country, two systems” to ensure a bright future for the city, said Leung, who will demit office on June 30 after completing his five-year term.
The city must focus on economic development to improve the lives of local people, and at the same time also contribute to China’s development, he said in the conclusion of the policy address.
The high degree of autonomy that Hong Kong enjoys shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Basic Law, Leung said.
“The autonomy is not absolute or arbitrary,” he added. “Nor can it take any other form or be exercised to any other degree.”
Given the complex and challenging global environment, it is the obligation of each and every Hong Kong citizen to safeguard China’s sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, Leung said.
He added that his administration will continue to implement “one country, two systems” strictly in accordance with the Basic Law, while upholding Hong Kong’s core values, including human rights, liberty, democracy, and the rule of law, in order to build a stable and harmonious society.
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