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‘One country, two systems’ principle not affected by upgraded HK & Macau Affairs Office: Starry Lee

‘One country, two systems’ principle not affected by upgraded HK & Macau Affairs Office: Starry Lee

The latest upgrade of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office to be directly under the Chinese Communist Party will not affect the implementation of the “one country, two systems” principle, said Starry Lee Wai-king, now a pro-Beijing heavyweight.
The Central Government on Thursday released a plan to promote the office into a new institution called Hong Kong and Macao Work Office of the CPC Central Committee – directly under the party’s top leadership.

Lee, who recently became a Standing Committee member of the National People’s Congress, told a radio program on Saturday that the reform is a key area in national strategic planning as it allows a more direct management approach.

No matter whether the new office is under the State Council or the Central Committee, it is led by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has repeatedly stressed insisting on the “one country, two systems” principle.

Therefore, society needs not to go too far as to deduce that the reform will ultimately affect the implementation of the principle, Lee said.

Lee cited Xi saying that the strengthening of national developments is closely tied to the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macau and noted that the Central Government highly values the works of the two SARs.

Lee called on the public to have strong faith in Hong Kong’s future as she pointed to the joint developments by the mainland and the city.

Hong Kong’s first priority is to safeguard national security to ease Beijing’s concerns, Lee added.

She also called on authorities to work harder to lure overseas businesses to come to Hong Kong, as she referred to the case of Singapore, which has put a lot of effort into “snatching” enterprises and capital.

When asked if she will be re-elected as the head of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), the city’s largest pro-establishment party, she said it depends on the overall development of the party in the future.

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