Chinese leader Xi Jinping said on Sunday that Macao and Hong Kong will make a “greater” contribution to China’s rise and ensured the maintenance of the ‘one country, two systems’ formula in the semi-autonomous regions.
“We will support Hong Kong and Macao to better integrate into China’s development plans and play a greater role in realizing national rejuvenation,” Xi said at the opening of the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
At stake is the construction of a great metropolis from Hong Kong and Macao, and nine cities in Guangdong, by creating a single market and increasing connectivity between road, rail and sea.
Guangdong is China’s largest exporting province and the first to benefit from the Reform and Opening-up policy adopted by the country in the late 1970s, with three of China’s six Special Economic Zones: Shenzhen, Shantou and Zhuhai.
On the first day of the most important event on China’s political agenda, which takes place every five years and brings together more than 2,000 delegates from all over the country in Beijing, the CCP General Secretary reviewed the last five years and drew the route for the next five.
“The ‘one country, two systems’ policy is a great innovation of socialism with Chinese characteristics and has proven to be the best institutional arrangement to ensure sustained prosperity and stability in Hong Kong and Macao after the return to the motherland,” Xi said. Jinping. .
“This policy must be respected in the long term,” he assured.
The ‘one country, two systems’ formula was used in Macao and Hong Kong, following the cession of the two territories to China by Portugal and the United Kingdom, respectively, and guarantees the two regions a high degree of autonomy at the executive, legislative and judicial.
The Chinese leader also said that the measures taken in Hong Kong after the 2019 pro-democracy protests have restored order and ensured that the semi-autonomous region is governed by patriots.
Hong Kong “has entered a new stage where it has restored order and is ready to prosper.”