Liaison Office chief stresses that Hong Kong’s future lies in integration into country’s overall development in New Year’s speech

Photo by Luo Huining: Xinhua

In a New Year’s address to Hong Kong society on Wednesday, the senior Hong Kong central government official expressed confidence in “one country, two systems”, praised the city’s new changes following the implementation of the national security law and improving the electoral system, and stressed that the future of Hong Kong lies in the city’s resolute integration into the country’s overall development.

At the start of the live broadcast of the address on Wednesday afternoon, Luo Huining, head of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), greeted Hong Kong residents in Cantonese.

He said the past year marked the convergence of China’s two centenary goals. Last year also marked a new chapter for the practice of “one country, two systems” in Hong Kong.

The city has taken on a new face following the continued implementation of the National Security Law, the improvement of the electoral system, the successful completion of two major elections and the implementation of the principle of “patriots administering Hong Kong”. noted Luo.

Over the past 25 years, Hong Kong has encountered a myriad of challenges, including the onslaught of epidemics and major economic crises, the harmful policy of “black terror” and “mutual destruction”, and persistent attempts certain people to hijack the course of democratic development and destabilize Hong Kong. However, under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China and with the strong support of the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong overcame these challenges and stood its ground, he said.

Some Hong Kong lawmakers contacted by the Global Times also expressed confidence in “one country, two systems”, saying they believed the mechanism would certainly work well and sustainably.

Nixie Lam, a legislator from the 7th Legislative Council (LegCo), told the Global Times on Wednesday that as a Hong Kong legislator, she deeply feels the institutional benefits after the electoral system is improved.

The 7th Hong Kong LegCo completed its first meeting on Jan. 12 after electoral reform ensured that only patriots can rule the Hong Kong SAR. The room not only featured a new look that emphasized the constitutional status of the city, but was also filled with a rational and constructive atmosphere.

The first meeting was held with China’s national emblem hanging above Hong Kong’s bauhinia badge in the main chamber, a new display of a national symbol highlighting the Hong Kong SAR’s constitutional status in as one of the regions of China.

The new posting also reflects that “one country” always comes before “two systems”, reminding the 90 lawmakers that they should not only focus on business in Hong Kong, but also on the overall national interest, which Carrie Lam, chief executive of the Hong Kong SAR, said was a “significant step” for the local political system.

The Legislative Council showed a whole new look with broader and deeper coverage and discussion of topics. More legislators have really gotten down to dealing with issues concerning people’s livelihoods and we all hope to help promote improvement, Nixie Lam said.

As for the hype of some foreign politicians on Hong Kong-related affairs, Nixie Lam said that only law-abiding residents of Hong Kong have the final say on the city’s situation after the improvement of the electoral system.

Luo also pointed out in his accent that any attempt by anti-China forces and local saboteurs to disrupt Hong Kong is doomed to failure as Hong Kong has turned over a new leaf after restoring order from chaos.

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