In 10 days, Hong Kong will greet the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty. Zhang Xiaoming, who began to directly participate in preparations for Hong Kong's handover in 1980s and works as the director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong SAR already for five years, used such a sentence, that "one country two systems" has already achieved enormous success, to describe his feelings at this moment.
Needless to say, Zhang Xiaoming in an interview also expressed some worries with the current situation in Hong Kong society. But no doubt he was happy with and affirmed the practice and achievement of "one country two systems" in Hong Kong. Hong Kong society believably should also feel happy with such a response by Zhang Xiaoming.
As a matter of fact, ever since the very beginning of Hong Kong's return to Chinese sovereignty, Hong Kong people have generally hope for the success of "one country two systems". Today, as 20 years have passed, Hong Kong people even more deeply hope the practice of "one country two systems" in Hong Kong in past two decades will win the Central Government's approval and continue to be implemented. For Hong Kong people already strongly believe that for themselves and for the nation, "one country two systems" is the best, most favourable and most sustainable system. Today, only those who ignore facts and are obsessed with their biases such as the Apple Daily would say that "one country two systems" is unsuccessful and Hong Kong people do not accept "one country two systems".
The practice of "one country two systems" in Hong Kong in past two decades has achieved enormous success. Zhang Xiaoming in the interview listed six forceful facts.
One is that the Central Government's jurisdiction has been effectively established and the Basic Law's supremacy in the SAR's legal system been firmly established; the second is that Hong Kong continues to be prosperous and stable and its status as an international financial, shipping and trade centre remains unchanged; the third is that Hong Kong people truly become the master of their own destiny and at least five large-scale elections are held in a five-year cycle of elections; the fourth is that core values treasured by Hong Kong people such as the rule of law, freedom, human rights, justice, honesty and cleanness remain unchanged and the freedoms of the press and assembly have increased rather than decreased; the fifth is that exchange and cooperation with the Mainland in various fields become increasingly intimate with the tendency of mutual benefit and win-win becoming increasingly noticeable; the sixth is that Hong Kong's external contacts become even more active with 157 countries worldwide already giving visa-free entry to SAR passport holders.
These six facts listed by Zhang Xiaoming forcefully prove not only that the practice of "one country two systems" in Hong Kong indeed has achieved enormous success, but also that such success has been achieved under "one country two systems" with join efforts by the Central Government and Hong Kong people.
In this connection, the confidence, determination and sincerity shown by the Central Government in repeatedly reiterating to always adhere to "one country two systems" unchangeably and unswervingly, to safeguard the "one country two systems" principle from being deformed or distorted and to stick to governing Hong Kong in accordance with the law, are the fundamental guarantee for the practice of "one country two systems" to achieve enormous success. Hong Kong people have also gradually improved their recognition in the 20 years of practice and from experiences and lessons gained incessantly.
These, among others, include the issue of "pan- politicalisation" mentioned by Director Zhang Xiaoming in the interview. Nowadays Hong Kong society already cherishes an undying hatred for pan- politicalisation, either the pan-politicalisation in the Legislative Council (Legco) to oppose whatever the SAR Government proposes and engage in filibustering in whatever meetings or the pan-politicalisation on streets such as the law-breaking and trouble-making Occupy Central and Mong Kok Riot.
Pan-politicalisation brings disaster to Hong Kong. Getting rid of pan-politicalisation, Hong Kong can concentrate on economic development and improvement of people's livelihood, and achieve better development. This has become the consensus and aspiration of all Hong Kong people on the eve of the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the Motherland. Zhao Xiaoming has spoken out Hong Kong people's heartfelt wish.
20 June 2017