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Full text: Address by President Hu at meeting for HKSAR's 15th anniversary
[中英对照] 胡锦涛在庆祝香港回归祖国15周年大会上的讲话全文

Chinese President Hu Jintao attends the inaugural ceremony of the fourth-term government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and the swearing-in of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. [Lui Siu Wai/Xinhua]

All this fully proves that "one country, two system" is the best solution to the Hong Kong question left over from history and the best institutional arrangement for the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong after its return to the motherland. Advancing the cause of "one country, two systems" serves the interests and aspirations of our fellow compatriots in Hong Kong and the fundamental interests of the country and the nation. Through the great practice of "one country, two systems", the pearl of Hong Kong now shines more brilliantly than ever.

The cause of "one country, two systems" is a ground-breaking endeavor and must be pushed forward in a pioneering spirit. Thirty years ago, Comrade Deng Xiaoping creatively put forward the great concept of "one country, two systems". He personally led the efforts to formulate the basic principles and policies of the Central Government for Hong Kong, gave direct instructions for China's negotiations with Britain on the question of Hong Kong the drafting of the Basic law of the Hong Kong SAR, and made foundational contribution to the return of Hong Kong and the great cause of peaceful reunification of the motherland. The third generation of the CPC collective leadership with Comrade Jiang Zemin at the core properly handled various complex problems and challenges before and after the return of Hong Kong, ensured the smooth handover and transition of Hong Kong, and made enormous, pioneering efforts for the full implementation of the "one country, two systems" principle. Over the past year, the Central Government has taken the maintenance of Hong Kong's long-term prosperity and stability as a major objective of governance under the new circumstances, encouraged the SAR government and the people of various sectors in Hong Kong to give priority to economic development, take effective steps to raise living standards, advance democracy in an incremental manner and promote inclusive, common and harmonious development, and supported their efforts in this regard, thus further enriching and improving the "one country, two systems" principle in both theory and practice. It si the shared mission of the Central government, the SAR government and the people of Hong Kong to keep exploring new ways for advancing the cause of "one country, two systems" based on the existing achievements.

The fundamental goal of the principles, policies and major steps of the Central Government for Hong Kong is to safeguard state sovereignty, security and development interests and to ensure long-term prosperity and stability in Hong Kong. This is the core requirement and basic objective of practicing "one country, two systems" in Hong Kong. Therefore, we must correctly and comprehensively understand and implement the principle of "one country, two systems" and act in strict accordance with the Basic Law. We must stay committed to keeping a balance between adhering to the "one country" principle and respecting the differences of the "two systems", between upholding the authority of the Central Government and ensuring a high degree of autonomy of Hong Kong SAR, between safeguarding the overall national interests and protecting the interests of various social sectors of Hong Kong, and between supporting Hong Kong in actively conducting exchanges with the outside world and opposing interference by external forces in Hong Kong affairs.




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