Xi Stresses Safeguarding Nation's Sovereignty

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Macao, Hong Kong issues 'completely China's internal affairs to handle'

President Xi Jinping reaffirmed China's strong determination to safeguard national sovereignty and oppose foreign forces' interference in Hong Kong and Macao affairs on Friday.

Xi made the remark while addressing a gathering in Macao to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Macao's return to the motherland.

"After Hong Kong and Macao returned to the motherland, it is completely China's internal affairs to handle the issues of the two special administrative regions, and we don't need any external forces to point a finger at that," Xi said.

China's government and people have a strong will to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, and any external forces' interference in Hong Kong and Macao affairs is not allowed, he added.

The president's remarks received sustained applause from the audience.

Chinese people, including Hong Kong and Macao compatriots, have the wisdom and complete capability to practice the "one country, two systems" policy better and govern the two SARs better, Xi said.

The forward movement of China's national rejuvenation is unstoppable, and Hong Kong and Macao will continue to develop and prosper together with the mainland, Xi said.

Over the past 20 years, the Macao Special Administrative Region government and people from all walks of life have achieved the best development in Macao's history, with the support of the central government and the mainland and under the leadership of former chief executives Ho Hau-wah and Chui Sai-on, Xi said.

Macao's economy has grown by leaps and bounds since its return, with per capita GDP soaring to the world's second highest, Xi said.

Macao has seen the early achievement of appropriately diversifying the economy with participation in the joint building of the Belt and Road and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, he said, underlining the stronger sense of fulfillment and happiness of Macao people thanks to constant improvement in their livelihoods.

Macao has become one of the safest cities in the world since its return to the motherland by swiftly tackling security problems that previously existed, Xi said.

Close communication has been maintained between the government and the residents, as well as among different walks of life and ethnic groups in Macao, where the Chinese culture has been carried forward and has prospered while coexisting with other cultures, Xi said.

The great achievements of Macao have demonstrated that as long as China firmly adheres to the "one country, two systems" policy, the vitality and superiority of the principle will be apparent, Xi said.

In the practice of implementing the "one country, two systems" policy, the Macao SAR government and people from all walks of life have shown their strong will and have never been moved by external forces' interference, Xi said.

Macao compatriots fully recognize that "one country" is the premise and foundation of the "two systems", and they have maintained the order set by the Constitution and the Basic Law, Xi said, adding that they have respected the country's socialist system.

The success of the region shows that Macao compatriots can shoulder their responsibility of governing, building and developing the SAR better, Xi said.

Speaking at the Macao SAR government's inauguration ceremony after overseeing the swearing-in of Chief Executive Ho Iat-seng, Xi instructed the new administrative team to further promote their governance capability.

The Macao SAR government should make further efforts to promote sustainable and healthy development of the economy, Xi said, adding that Macao should seize the opportunities of jointly building the Belt and Road and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

The SAR government should adhere to people-centered philosophy and take more measures to improve the people's livelihood, Xi said, adding that the government should positively respond to the people's concerns and address the issues of housing, health and pension.

Lau Siu-kai, Vice-President of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies, said that Xi's stressing that no foreign forces will be allowed to interfere in Hong Kong and Macao's affairs is a clear signal to the world.

The two SARs will never become bases for foreign forces to overturn the Chinese government, Lau said, adding that Xi has also indicated that the central government would be tough and proactive in dealing with foreign interference in the future.


(Source: China Daily)