The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress deliberated and adopted the amendments to Annexes I and II of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong SAR.
This is a move to systematically review and improve the methods for the selection of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR and for the formation of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong SAR. It will provide strong institutional safeguards for the full and faithful implementation of the One Country, Two Systems policy and the “patriots running Hong Kong” principle, and will guarantee Hong Kong’s long-term stability. It embodies the common aspiration of the Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots.
The movement to improve the electoral system of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region aims to develop, in a gradual and orderly manner, a democratic system that is in conformity with Hong Kong’s constitutional order and appropriate to its current situation. It will ensure a broad and balanced political participation of Hong Kong residents and serve the interests of all social strata, all sectors and all parts of Hong Kong society. This will help improve the effectiveness of governance in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, safeguard Hong Kong’s fundamental interests and promote its long-term development. We are convinced that the new electoral system will help to promote a better political, social, legal and business environment and will open up better development prospects for Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China and Hong Kong’s affairs are China’s internal affairs. The Chinese government has the determination and confidence to safeguard the country’s sovereignty, security and development interests and Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability. It has the determination and confidence to ensure the continued success of the One Country, Two Systems policy, according to which the people of Hong Kong manage Hong Kong with a high degree of autonomy. Any attempt to meddle in Hong Kong affairs and put pressure on China is bound to fail.