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Hong Kong marks 21st anniversary of its return to China

The government of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has stood firm on the fundamental principle of "One Country" and "major issues of right and wrong" during the past year, said Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, chief executive of the HKSAR. Her government has shown zero tolerance on behaviors that challenge the bottom line of the country, she stressed.

Lam, who was sworn in as Hong Kong's chief executive on July 1 last year, made the remarks on Sunday at a banquet celebrating the 21st anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China and the establishment of the HKSAR.

Hong Kong returned to China from British rule on July 1, 1997. Since then, principles of "One Country, Two Systems" and "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong" with a high degree of autonomy have been implemented on the territory.

In his speech last year marking the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China, Chinese President Xi Jinping drew a red line: "Any attempt to endanger national sovereignty and security, challenge the power of the central government and the authority of the Basic Law of the HKSAR or use Hong Kong to carry out infiltration and sabotage activities against the mainland is an act that crosses the red line, and is absolutely impermissible."

Explaining the relationship between "One Country" and "Two Systems," Xi said efforts should be made to uphold the "One Country" principle and maintain the central government's power, and differences between "Two Systems" should also be respected and the HKSAR's high degree of autonomy must be guaranteed.


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