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China allows no external forces to interfere with Hong Kong, Macao affairs

President Xi Jinping said on Friday that China will not allow any external forces to interfere with Hong Kong and Macao affairs.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:47 am

President Xi Jinping said on Friday that China will not allow any external forces to interfere with Hong Kong and Macao affairs.

The Chinese government and the Chinese people’s will to safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests are rock hard, Xi said at a gathering in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Macao’s return to China.

“I want to stress here that, after the return of Hong Kong and Macao to the motherland, the affairs of the two special administrative regions are completely China’s internal affairs, which need no finger-pointing from any external forces,” he said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Macau residents widely enjoy law-based rights and freedom, as the Macau Special Administrative Region has seen a orderly development in its democratic political system.

Xi also said that Macau’s efforts to appropriately diversify its economy have delivered early results citing flourishing emerging industries such as exhibition and convention, traditional Chinese medicine and special finance.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Macau has firmly established a constitutional order based on the Constitution and the Basic Law, and improved its governing system since its return to the motherland in 1999.

The Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) has ensured the central authorities exercise overall jurisdiction while accurately implementing the high degree of autonomy, Xi said.

“Macau compatriots have always had firm confidence in “one country, two systems” he said.

President Xi  also said that the vitality and strength of “one country, two systems” will fully show as long as there is a firm belief in the principle and earnest practice of it and he reiterate that “One country” is the prerequisite and basis of “two systems.”

“Only by ensuring no distortion of the “one country, two systems” practice can the cause of “one country, two systems” go far and steady.”  he said.

Xi arrived in Macau  on Wednesday to attend celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Macau’s return to China and the inauguration of the fifth-term government of Macau that took place today.

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:47 am

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