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'One country, two systems' is resolving problems left by UK

By Zhang Zhouxiang | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-06-12 11:39
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If one reads some UK and US reports about Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, one might find it's a fashion for them to misquote the term "one country, two systems". Whenever Hong Kong carries out some improvements in electoral system or social governance, they always jump up, claiming the move "violates" the "one country, two systems" principle. Some even claim Hong Kong was taking the "wrong" step due to the Communist Party of China.

Their actions best show how amateurs teach the professionals. "One country, two systems" is a creative principle forwarded by the CPC leadership in the 1980s, and its job is to better defend the interests of Hong Kong and the whole nation.

After Hong Kong's return to China in 1997, the CPC leadership has always paid attention to Hong Kong so as to ensure stability there. The "one country, two systems" principle has also progressed with the times, with detailed regulations being introduced.

More importantly, when the "one country, two systems" principle faced challenges in 2019, the CPC leadership defended it with a firm resolve. The electoral system improvement announced by the National People's Congress Standing Committee is a best example of how the central leadership is filling in every loophole with the system so as to better ensure stability and prosperity in Hong Kong. The fact that Hong Kong Legislative Council passed it in May shows Hong Kong people welcome it.

It should be noted that the riots that victimized Hong Kong in 2019, which constituted a major challenge to "one country, two systems", have much to do with "guidance" from the UK and the US. Further, all the problems that the "one country, two systems" principle aims at solving date back to the UK's invasion of China in 1840 and occupation of Hong Kong in 1842.

In one sentence, it is the UK that caused the trouble by occupying Hong Kong, and it was left to China to resolve all the pending problems with the creative "one country, two systems" principle. Some politicians in the UK and the US are also trying to stir trouble in Hong Kong and challenge that principle.

So every rational mind knows how ironical it is for the UK and the US to blame China for "violating" the "one country, two systems" principle in their reports.

How is it different from a thief shouting "stop the thief"?

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