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Embassy Spokesperson's Remarks on the Decision Adopted by the NPC on Improving the Electoral System of the HKSAR

Reporter:On March 11, the National People's Congress (NPC) of China has adopted the decision on improving the electoral system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR). Could you please elaborate more on this?

Embassy Spokesperson: The Fourth Session of the 13th National People's Congress of China has endorsed by an overwhelming majority vote the Decision of the National People's Congress on Improving the Electoral System of the HKSAR. This is a major step to uphold and improve the system and institutions of ‘One Country, Two Systems’ and to safeguard enduring stability and security in Hong Kong. It will provide a stronger institutional guarantee for the full implementation of "patriots administering Hong Kong". It also marks a new constitutional arrangement that China has made for improving the electoral system of the HKSAR and promoting the development of a democratic political system best suited for Hong Kong realities.

Hong Kong compatriots enjoyed no democracy at all over the 150 more years under British colonial rule. It was only after its return to the motherland in 1997 that Hong Kong compatriots started controlling their own destiny. The Constitution of the People’s Republic of China and the Basic Law of the HKSAR of the People’s Republic of China jointly form the constitutional basis of the HKSAR. The Chinese Central Government acts strictly in accordance with the Constitution and the Basic Law, continuously improving the electoral system of the HKSAR and steadily promoting the development of its democratic political system in the light of the actual situations, and based on the principle of gradual advancement and balanced participation. The achievements of Hong Kong's democratic development are clear for all to see.

Viewed from the practice of Hong Kong over the past 20 years after its return, the existing electoral system has clear loopholes and deficiencies, among which the lack of security is the most important one. In recent years, anti-China, destabilizing forces and local radical separatists in Hong Kong have taken advantage of these deficiencies to enter into the political organs and other governance structures of the HKSAR through elections, enabling external forces to deeply interfere with and infiltrate into Hong Kong affairs through various means, which put China’s national sovereignty, security and development interests in grave jeopardy and severely disrupted social stability of the HKSAR. Forceful measures must be taken to plug the loopholes and to eliminate hidden dangers and risks. People from all walks of life in Hong Kong are deeply concerned and dissatisfied, and strongly call for appropriate and timely changes to the existing electoral system.

Since Hong Kong's return to the motherland, the central government has been leading and advancing the development of HKSAR's democratic system. As the highest body of state power, the National People's Congress made the decision on improving HKSAR's electoral system, a power and responsibility enshrined in the Constitution and the Basic Law.

Loyalty to the motherland is a basic political ethic that all holders and aspirants of public offices must abide by anywhere in the world. The adoption of the decision on improving the electoral system of the HKSAR is to implement the fundamental principle of "patriots administering Hong Kong" , ensuring the "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong” with patriots as the main body.

It serves China's interests and the international community's common interests that ‘One Country, Two Systems’ keeps being implemented successfully in Hong Kong and that Hong Kong maintains long-term prosperity and stability. China has unswerving resolve and confidence in implementing ‘One Country, Two Systems’, and steadfast determination and will to oppose foreign interference in China's internal affairs. We remain convinced that Hong Kong's future will only become brighter.

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